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Court Briefs – 4th August 2016

Rapist grandfather sentence tomorrow The 71-year-old grandfather convicted of rape will be sentenced tomorrow by the High Court in Suva. He was charged with one count each of rape and
04 Aug 2016 12:54
Court Briefs – 4th August 2016

Rapist grandfather sentence tomorrow

The 71-year-old grandfather convicted of rape will be sentenced tomorrow by the High Court in Suva. He was charged with one count each of rape and sexual assault.

Judge Justice Vincent Perera said: “I am satisfied that the prosecution has proven beyond reasonable doubt the elements of the first count.

“I find you guilty of the first count and convict you accordingly.”

Between December 1, 2012 and January 31, 2013 the accused committed the offence against his four-year-old granddaughter.The victim was eight years old when she came to court to give evidence.

Justice Perera told prosecution to file and serve the victim impact statement by 12pm today as the prosecution are relying on that for their sentencing submissions. The court will hear the sentencing submissions from both parties later today.


 

Court grants travel for Tikoca

Opposition MP Ratu Isoa Tikoca has been granted leave to travel to Kazakhstan by the Suva Magistrate Court for a Parliamentary trip.

The meeting is said to be from August 24 to September 4.

Magistrate Makereta Mua has fixed the trial date from November 14 to November 25.

Ms Mua has ordered Tikoca’s passport to be released for travel purposes and to be returned to court on September 15.

Tikoca is charged by the Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption (FICAC) for failing to declare his liabilities before the 2014 General Elections.

It is alleged that he failed to declare his liabilities contrary to Section 24 (2) (a) (viii) and section 24(5) of the Political Parties (Registration, Conduct, Funding and Disclosures) Decree No. 4 of 2013. The court has been adjourned to September 27 for mention.


Buksh trial to continue today

Zinaz Neha Buksh appeared before Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage charged with eight counts of obtaining financial advantage by deception.

The court heard from state witness that Buksh’s counterpart failed to provide work permits for clients after payments were done. A former employee of Star Agencies Global Migration and Travel Services Austin Prakash said: “I was employed to manage the office and sometimes to do consultations with clients regarding the work permits.

“I was told by Zinaz that she had a counterpart Alvin Sagar who provided the work permits.”

The court was further informed that when Mr Sagar failed to provide work permits after receiving the lodgement fees Buksh shut down the company. Prakash said: “Not all the clients were refunded only a few were.”

It is alleged that the incident occurred between December 18, 2013 and October 22, 2014, while Buksh was the director of Star Agencies Global Migration and Travel Services.

The trial continues today.

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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