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High Court Adjourns Farmer’s Case For Plea

High Court Adjourns Farmer’s Case For Plea
September 08
11:00 2018

Thirty-year-old farmer Ratu Semi Kabakaba Degei’s manslaughter case has been adjourned for plea by the High Court.

Degei appeared before Justice Daniel Goundar yesterday via video link conference from the Suva Remand Centre.

He is charged with one count of manslaughter, one count of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and one count of driving a motor vehicle with a concen­tration of alcohol in excess of the prescribed limit in his blood.

On August 24, 2018, Degei drove a motor vehicle, registra­tion JN301, in a manner which was allegedly reckless and caused serious harm to Rajesh Chand, which resulted in his death.

On that same day the accused allegedly drove along Na­kasi Road in a manner which was dangerous to the public and caused injuries to Kazal Kalpana Kumari.

Furthermore, it is alleged that a concentration of 110 milligrams of alcohol was present in 100 millilitres of his blood, which was in excess of the prescribed limit.

Degei opted for Legal Aid representation.

The State was granted 21 days to file information and dis­closures.

The matter was adjourned to October 11 for plea.

The accused was further remanded in custody.

Edited by Epineri Vula


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