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High Court Refuses Bail

High Court Refuses Bail
Accused Taitusi Qoli. Photo: Fonua Talei
August 17
10:00 2018

Judge said releasing Taitusi Qoli on bail would endanger the public interest

A man alleged to have robbed a woman of cash and items worth more than $113,000 at Damodar City last year was refused bail in the High Court in Suva.

Taitusi Qoli is charged with one count of aggravated robbery and appeared before Justice Riyaz Hamza.

This was Qoli’s second bail application after the first application was refused on March 15 this year.

He has been remanded in custody since November 12, 2017.

The prosecution opposed the bail application, saying the accused was charged with a very serious offence.

It also submitted that there was strong circumstantial evidence against Qoli, adding that the victims of the offence were traumatised by what happened.

The court heard that the accused had active convictions for property offences.

In his application Qoli said he had been in remand for nine months and would be in custody for more than two years before the trial on October 14 to 25, 2019.

He said he would be working for a construction company once he was granted bail and his uncle, who is the managing director of the company, would stand as his surety.

Justice Hamza ruled that releasing Qoli on bail would endanger the public interest, adding that the presumption of bail in his favour had been displaced.

Justice Hamza also stressed that the accused was charged with a very serious charge, which was prevalent in society.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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