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Shooting Accused Remanded For 14 Days

For the first case, Khan is charged with one count of failing to secure firearms and ammunition in safe custody and one count of criminal intimidation. A 42-year-old man of
31 Dec 2016 11:00
Shooting Accused  Remanded For 14 Days
Mohammed Talib Khan outside Nadi Magistrates Court yesterday. Photo:LITIA TIKOMAILEPANONI

For the first case, Khan is charged with one count of failing to secure firearms and ammunition in safe custody and one count of criminal intimidation.

A 42-year-old man of Sabeto in Nadi has been remanded for 14 days by Nadi Magistrates Court for alleged criminal intimidation and carrying firearms in public without lawful excuse.

Mohammed Talib Khan appeared before Nadi Magistrate, Seromi Turaga, on two separate cases.

For the first case, Khan is charged with one count of failing to secure firearms and ammunition in safe custody and one count of criminal intimidation.

It is alleged that on December 23, Khan threatened his neighbour with intent to cause alarm to him by firing shots in the air.

In another case, Khan faces one count each of possession of firearms without a licence, carrying firearms in public place without lawful excuse at the Queens Highway at Lomolomo in Lautoka, and failing to securely keep the firearms in safe custody.

Divisional Prosecuting officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Anil Prasad, strongly objected to Khan’s bail submitting to the court that it was for the safety and protection of the community.

He said Khan had allegedly fired a gun shot at where the complainant was sitting and threatened him.

Upon searching his house, Police found one more firearm, which was unlawfully kept with 12 bullet rounds.

ASP Prasad requested the court to order for a psychiatric examination as his behaviour seemed unusual.

He further said that between December 28 and 29, Khan was carrying the firearm to Lautoka and when asked, he said he was going to meet his partner.

The firearm was allegedly loaded.

In addition, ASP Prasad said in Fiji, the use of firearms was permitted to the Police Force and while some citizens had a permit to own one; it was for the purposes of animal shooting, mostly wild ones.

He then said Khan had abused his permit.

While seeking a grant of bail, Khan told the court that he was, according to his licence, allowed to keep 200 rounds (bullets) at one time and could buy 400 rounds.

Magistrate Turaga remanded Khan for 14 days and ordered him to prepare his surety.

Khan will reappear at Nadi Magistrates Court on January 13 for his first case and appear at Lautoka Magistrates Court for the second case on the same day.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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