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Groenewald Gives Evidence At Robbery Case

Five men charged with aggravated robbery.   Former Police Commissioner, Ben Groenewald, gave evidence through Skype at the High Court in Suva yesterday regarding an alleged robbery case last year.
28 Oct 2016 12:00
Groenewald Gives Evidence At Robbery Case

Five men charged with aggravated robbery.

 

Former Police Commissioner, Ben Groenewald, gave evidence through Skype at the High Court in Suva yesterday regarding an alleged robbery case last year.

The matter was called before Justice Salesi Temo.

Mr Groenewald, who lives in South Africa, told the court what took place on May 21, 2015 when he was Commissioner of the Fiji Police Force.

He told the court that he had been invited to a private function at the Distill Bottle Shop in Flagstaff, Suva.

Mr Groenewald said: “At about 8pm I heard a commotion in the front of the restaurant and I initially thought it was a drunken person disturbing at the front so I stood up and ran in front.

“I saw a masked person wielding a bottle at the person in front and he was dressed in black, and I could not identify him,” he told the court.

“He was a well-built person and identified by me as an iTaukei, so I grabbed a folding chair and charged at him shielding myself with the chair.

“I shouted at him that I am the Police Commissioner and he must leave then he retreated to the entrance and I was still shielding myself with the chair.

“When I was about three metres away from him he threw at me a full bottle of wine and I duck forward but the bottle hit me on the forehead and I was knocked unconscious.”

Mr Groenewald told the court that by the time he had gained consciousness the suspect had left while he was taken to the Suva Private Hospital, where he had received 12 stitches to his forehead.

There are five accused men who are charged with four counts each of aggravated robbery and a count each of act with intend to cause grievous harm.

Jeke Vakararawa, Mosese Tarau, Seremaia Mudura, Tevita Qaqanivalu and Uate Baleiono are alleged to have injured Mr Groenewald during a robbery at a restaurant in Flagstaff. They did not wish to cross examine Mr Groenewald.

The trial continues today.

Edited Naisa Koroi

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