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Court Briefly
July 15
10:11 2018

Soldier allegedly hit woman
A soldier charged with causing grievous harm appeared before High Court judge Justice Daniel Goundar on Friday in Suva.

He is charged with one count of act with intent to cause grievous harm.

State lawyer Eoghan Samisoni told the court that the complainant had received several injuries on her head.

He sought 21 days to file information and disclosures to the court.

Justice Goundar issued a domestic violence restraining order against the accused and not to interfere with the victim and prosecution witnesses.

Bail was extended and the case adjourned to August 8 for mention before Justice Goundar.

Edited by Percy Kean

Three on drug theft charge

Three men charged with stealing marijuana have appeared in the High Court in Suva on Friday.

Apete Turagatani, Navitalai Loatuicawa and Paula Vura appeared before Justice Daniel Goundar.

Turagatani, Loatuicawa and Vura are charged with one count each of aggravated burglary and theft.

It is alleged that the three men stole five marijuana plants from the Koro Island Community Police Post exhibit room.

The alleged incident took place between January 13 and January 15, 2018.

Turagatani and Loatuicawa had their bail extended while Vura was remanded in custody.

The matter was adjourned to July 7 for plea.

Edited by Epineri Vula

Man, 30, accused of raping teen

A 30-year-old man charged with raping a girl appeared on Friday before High Court judge Justice Daniel Goundar in Suva.

The accused is charged with two counts of rape. It is alleged that the accused raped a 13-year-old girl on two occasions between January 18, 2016 and December 24, 2017, in Naitasiri.

State lawyer Eoghan Samisoni sough time to serve the agreed facts. He told the court that the accused had two admissions in his caution interview, which would be presented in the trial.

The accused was remanded in custody. The matter was adjourned for pre-trial conference on August 8, before Justice Goundar.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

Accused awaits bail bid response

A 29-year-old man appeared in the High Court in Suva on Friday charged with rape and sexual assault and was remanded in custody.

The accused appeared before Justice Daniel Goundar.

It is alleged that the accused raped and sexually assaulted a 12-year-old.

The alleged rape occurred on April 29, 2018, and the alleged sexual assault occurred on May 11, 2018, in Serua.

State lawyer Eoghan Samisoni told the court that he received the accused’s bail application on Friday morning.

He asked to be given seven days to prepare for the bail response.

The accused was remanded in custody and the matter adjourned to July 31 for a bail hearing.

Edited by Epineri Vula

Stories by ASHNA KUMAR

Feedback:  ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj

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