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Shopkeeper Granted Bail

Rahesh Chand, a 31-year-old shopkeeper who was arrested on Thursday afternoon for allegations of receiving stolen property, appeared in the Suva Magistrates Court for unlawful possession of illicit drugs. A
02 Jun 2015 15:37
Shopkeeper Granted Bail

Rahesh Chand, a 31-year-old shopkeeper who was arrested on Thursday afternoon for allegations of receiving stolen property, appeared in the Suva Magistrates Court for unlawful possession of illicit drugs.

A raid was conducted at the accused’s shop in Nabua last Tuesday after investigators received information that he was allegedly receiving stolen items.

The shopkeeper was arrested two days after the raid when white powder believed to be methamphetamines was allegedly found in his possession.

Chand’s lawyer, Deepak Chand, made a bail application stating that the accused needed further medical examination and treatment after claiming he was assaulted while in Police custody for more than 48 hours.

Deepak Chand filed a medical report to back his submission for a medical examination.

Mr Chand alleged that while in custody he was also not allowed to meet his client until Sunday where his client was transferred from Criminal Investigation Department Headquarters in Toorak to Raiwaqa Police Station.

He alleged that his client was assaulted and forced to admit being in possession of illegal drugs.

Prosecution served full phase of disclosures, but objected to bail saying the illicit drug possession charge was serious.

This was overruled by Magistrate Neil Rupasinghe.

The accused has been asked to present two sureties; one his father and one State-employed person on the bail bond of $2000 each.

Chand has been granted bail on strict bail conditions for him to report to Nabua Police every Monday, Thursday and Sunday.

The matter has been adjourned to June 12.

Police Chief of Investigations and Intelligence ACP Henry Brown said the raid was the outcome of investigations in relation to a number of robberies in the Southern Division where five men have been charged and their case brought before the courts.

Other items alleged to have been proceeds from the sale of illicit drugs were seized in the raid.

Meanwhile, investigators discovered glue being sold at the Nabua shop despite Rahesh Chand allegedly not having a licence to sell the item.

ACP Brown said investigators have been tasked to track down those receiving stolen items and members of the public are reminded to be cautious about receiving or purchasing items if they suspect them to be stolen.

 

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