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Case of Ratu Mara Residence Break-in 6 Goes to High Court

  Six men who allegedly broke into the late  Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara’s home in Lakeba, Lau, will appear at the Suva High Court on March 10. The matter was
25 Feb 2017 11:55
Case of Ratu Mara Residence Break-in 6 Goes to High Court
The group from Lakeba in Lau who stole tabua from Ratu Mara's residence make their second appearance at the Suva courthouse yesterday.Photo:Jone Luvenitoga

 

Six men who allegedly broke into the late  Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara’s home in Lakeba, Lau, will appear at the Suva High Court on March 10.

The matter was called yesterday for the amended charges to be confirmed.

Five of them, Tevita Lagiloaloa, James Kacilala, Josua Gaunavinaka, Waisake Kaisuva and Akapusi Qera, are charged with aggravated burglary.

The sixth accused, Pita Kautopola, is charged with aggravated burglary and theft.

It is alleged that on February 5, between 11pm and 1am at Tubou Village in Lakeba, Lau,  Lagiloaloa, Kacilala, Gaunavinaka, Kaisuva and Qera, broke into Ratu Sir Kamisese’s house and stole 6×40 ounce bottles of whiskey, 1.5kg grog (kava) and one gallon of Italian hot stuff.

On  February 22, Kautopola allegedly broke into Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara’s house and stole 42 whalesteeth (tabua).

Kacilala is also charged with receiving the tabua that Kautopola had allegedly stolen. It is alleged that Kacilala after receiving the tabua, dug a hole in the fireplace and buried the tabua.

Lagiloaloa, Kacilala, Gaunavinaka, Kaisuva and Qera appeared in the morning before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili yesterday.

Qera was called in the afternoon.

Police Prosecutor Kalara Neisamu told the court that Qera was serving a sentence in the Suva prison as he was convicted for another case in Lau.

In a separate case, Kautopola and Lagiloaloa are charged with aggravated burglary and theft on February 18.

Edited by Maraia Vula

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