Crime

Labasa Man Pleads Guilty To Arson, Awaits Ruling On Other Charges

For the second and third counts he pleaded not guilty to a charge of criminal intimidation against Jitendra Prasad and his wife Sanjana Wati.
09 Jul 2019 14:16
Labasa Man Pleads Guilty To Arson, Awaits Ruling On Other Charges
Labasa Magistrate Court. Photo: Shratika Naidu

A man, who allegedly burned his brother-in-law’s house over a domestic issue during the Easter Weekend this year, appeared at the High Court in Labasa yesterday.

Charged with five separate counts Govind Singh appeared before Judge Justice Aruna Aluthge.

For the first count of arson, he pleaded guilty to setting fire to Jitendra Prasad’s house at Batinikama, Labasa on April 18.

For the second and third counts he pleaded not guilty to a charge of criminal intimidation against Jitendra Prasad and his wife Sanjana Wati.

For the fourth and fifth counts he was charged with breaching a domestic violence restraining order against Ms Wati and Mr Prasad.

He pleaded not guilty to the fourth and fifth charges.

State lawyer Amelia Vavadakua requested the court for time to file the summary of facts.

The accused was represented by a lawyer from the Legal Aid Commission.

The case has been adjourned to July 12.

Edited by Percy Kean

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