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All Appear, Temo Orders

A juvenile suspect in a murder case needs to prioritise time in court over school.  High Court Judge Justice Salesi Temo was surprised that the juvenile was not in court
04 Oct 2014 11:40
All Appear, Temo Orders
Samuela Malacakau with a photo of his son, Sireli Tuinabavatu in Labasa on November 29, 2020. Photo: Laisa Lui

A juvenile suspect in a murder case needs to prioritise time in court over school.  High Court Judge Justice Salesi Temo was surprised that the juvenile was not in court yesterday, with four other Nauruans, to face a charge of murder.
Justice Temo is presiding over the case of five Nauruans charged with the murder of a Tongan student outside a nightclub in Suva.
Julian Henrich,19,  Jamason Agir, 19, and Bouncer Keppa, 19 appeared before the court. The defence explained that one of the two juveniles in the case was a Year 12 student caught up in final exams.
The defence lawyer requested the court to extend the curfew of his client to allow him to attend his evening classes from 4.30pm since he had to travel from Lautoka to Ba.
The Defence argued that despite the gravity of the offence, the student had the right to education, but Justice Temo did not share this view.
“I am surprised that he made education his priority while a murder charge is smiling at him. Although he has right to education, he needs to be in court when he is called.”
Justice Temo ordered that on the next court date, all the accused should be present in court. The defence requested a short mention date for application of bail variation. Bail for the accused was extended. The case would be called on February 20, 2015 for information and disclosures to be filed and served.
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