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Fiji Court Denies Bail For Chinese National Facing Murder Charge

‘The accused is a Chinese national with a Chinese passport and it was not in the interest of justice to grant him bail because there would high likelihood of the accused absconding bail’
22 May 2019 11:56
Fiji Court Denies Bail For Chinese National Facing Murder Charge
Wang Qi Young 43 escorted to Court in Suva on May 21, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

A 43-year-old Chinese national who is alleged to have murdered a woman in her 30s last Monday has been denied bail by the Magistrates Court in Suva.

Wang Qi Yong appeared before Magistrate Liyanage Wickramasekara yesterday.

It is alleged that Yong had caused the death of a 33-year-old Asian woman, who was found dead by her flatmate, at their home in Salato Road, Namadi Heights in Tamavua, Suva.

Yong through a Mandarin interpreter had opted for a private legal representation.

Prosecutor Sergeant Josua Shaw filed full phase disclosures and made an application for the matter to be transferred to the High Court.

Magistrate Wickramasekara said the accused was charged with an indictable offence and therefore denied the bail application made by the accused.

He said the accused is a Chinese national with a Chinese passport and it was not in the interest of justice to grant him bail because there would high likelihood of the accused absconding bail.

Magistrate Wickramasekara also said to the accused to file alibi notices if he wished to do so within 21 days from the first court appearance (yesterday).

He said the accused through his legal counsel could make a formal bail application in the High Court.

Yong has been remanded in custody and the matter was adjourned for first call at the High Court in Suva on June 4.

Edited by Percy Kean

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