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Bail Granted To Officers

Three former policemen and a former soldier charged for allegedly indecently assaulting a prison escapee were granted bail under strict conditions by the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday. Sanita Laqenasici, Jona
31 Oct 2015 11:18
Bail Granted To Officers
Jone Davonu, Sanita Laqenasici, Semesa Naduka and Filimone Catimaibulu outside Naisnu Court after they were granted bail. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

Three former policemen and a former soldier charged for allegedly indecently assaulting a prison escapee were granted bail under strict conditions by the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday.

Sanita Laqenasici, Jona Davonu, Semesi Naduka and former soldier Filimone Catimaibulu had appeared before Magistrates Charles Ratakele for a bail ruling.

They are each charged with a count of unlawful and indecent assault.

It is alleged that the four together with a fifth-accused, Pita Matairavula, formerly of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), unlawfully and indecently assaulted prison escapee Iowane Benedito at Colo-i-Suva.

Benedito had escaped from the Suva Corrections Centre on November 12, 2012 and the alleged incident happened on November 28, 2012.

Bail was granted on a bail bond of $2000 each and a surety bond of $2000 from two sureties presented by each accused person.

They are to report to their nearest Police station between 7am and 8pm starting from November 6 and the report must be presented to court every three months.

They are also to submit all their travel documents to court and the Immigration Department to raise a ‘Stop Departure Order’ against the accused persons.

Magistrate Ratakele also imposed a curfew on all four between 9pm and 6am with immediate effect.

Defence lawyer Mehboob Raza confirmed receiving disclosures however they were waiting for a video recording which the State would be relying on.

Assistant Director of Public Prosecution Michael Delany said they would be serving the video in the next seven days.

Magistrate Ratakele asked Mr Raza whether they wanted the case to be heard in Magistrates Court or in High Court.

Mr Raza opted for the case to be heard in the Magistrates Court.

The case has been adjourned for mention on December 2 at the Nasinu Magistrates Court.

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