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Brothers Face $121,000 Robbery, Theft Charges

Brothers Face $121,000 Robbery, Theft Charges
Vereniki Ralulu and Joape Ralulu escorted by Police at the Nadi Magistrate court yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
September 06
11:00 2018

Two brothers appeared in the Nadi Magis­trates Court on Tues­day charged with robbery related charges.

The accused, Vereniki Ralulu, 29, and Joape Ralulu, 22, both labourers of Nawaicoba in Nadi, ap­peared before Magistrate Siromi Turaga charged with one count of aggravated rob­bery and one count of theft.

The Court heard that on August 26, in Solovi, Nadi, Vereniki and Jope were al­legedly part of a group of five men armed with cane knives that robbed a 40-year-old businessman, Moham­med Intiaz Khan. The court heard that they fled with assorted items including jewellery, laptops, mobile phones and a vehicle, worth $121,283 in total.

The two accused under­stood the charge when it was read out to them. Po­lice prosecutor Sergeant Frances Bale represented the State. Magistrate Tura­ga ordered that the plea be deferred. He said it was a serious and an indictable offence with higher sentenc­ing of 20 years and the low­est sentencing of 10 years.

He also said the case could not be dealt in the lower court, so he transferred it to the High Court.

Magistrate Turaga also advised Vereniki and Jope, and their families present to seek assistance from the Legal Aid Commission. The case has been adjourned to the High Court in Lautoka for mention on September 12.

Edited by Naisa Koroi


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