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Ratu Mara Home Break-In 5 Face Court

Five men appeared in the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday in connection with the burglary and theft of tabua at the late Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara’s residence, at Tubou Village, Lakeba,
24 Feb 2017 15:08

Five men appeared in the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday in connection with the burglary and theft of tabua at the late Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara’s residence, at Tubou Village, Lakeba, Lau.

Four are charged with one count of burglary. They are James Kacilala, 23, Josua Gaunavinaka, 20, Tevita Lagiloaloa, 23, and Waisake Kaisuva, 18. The fifth accused, Pita Kautapola, 18, is charged with theft and burglary.

The sixth accused, Akapusi Qera, 18, who did not appear, is charged with burglary. Police prosecutor Corporal Caroline Fisher, told the court that Qera was still in remand.

The five men appeared before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili.

It is alleged that on February 5, between 11pm and 1am at Tubou Village in Lakeba, Lau, the six broke into the late Ratu Sir Kamisese’s  home.

Ratu Sir Kamisese was a former President, Prime Minister and Tui Nayau, paramount chief of Lau.

The statement of facts, Corporal Fisher read in court, said the matter was reported by a 61-year-old caretaker of the residence.

The five were allegedly drinking home brew on Sunday night when Kacilala came up with the idea that there were alcoholic beverages at Ratu Sir Kamisese’s residence. He asked the others if they should break into the house.

They all allegedly agreed.

Kacilala, Gaunavinaka and Qera allegedly climbed over the wooden fence and went straight to the back door.

They gained access into the house through a window which they broke.

They allegedly stole 6 x 40 ounce bottles of whiskey, 1.5kg of grog (kava) and one gallon of Italian hot stuff.

Gaunavinaka also allegedly broke a wooden chest which was inside Ratu Sir Kamisese’s room and stole 42 whalesteeth with magimagi (coconut sinnet).

But Kacilala then told them to put the whalesteeth back, which they did.

They all went back home and started drinking, the court was told.

But Kautapola allegedly went back to Ratu Sir Kamisese’s house and stole the 42  whalesteeth.

He then allegedly informed Kacilala that he had stolen a bag of tabua from Ratu Sir Kamisese’s house. Then he went back to Kacilala’s place and buried them the court was told.

The men will appear again today.

Edited by Maraia Vula

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