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Appeal dismissed

BY TALEBULA KATE An appellant who was charged with annoying a person had her case dismissed by the High Court in Suva, which, according to Justice Paul Madigan, was frivolous
02 Feb 2014 07:55

BY TALEBULA KATE

An appellant who was charged with annoying a person had her case dismissed by the High Court in Suva, which, according to Justice Paul Madigan, was frivolous and vexatious.
Rita Maku entered a guilty plea to the charge at the Nasinu Magistrates Court on July 30, 2013. She was discharged without any conviction and was ordered to pay $50 court costs.
She appealed the costs order on the grounds that she was not heard on the matter and that she had reconciled with her husband (the complainant).
She alleged that the court clerk had “an attitude problem” and may have discussed the case with the magistrate.
She also stated in her grounds that she had asked the court not to impose a fine as she was unemployed.
The brief facts of the case were that on Christmas Day 2012, her husband was at the gate of their compound with three friends, seemingly fighting.
The Police were called and the appellant came out and started scolding the complainant in front of the Police using foul and abusive language.
Justice Madigan said the appellant was most fortunate in the outcome of her case before the magistrate who afforded her every leniency that he possibly could.




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