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Man Fronts Court For Allegedly Stabbing Wife

  A 49-year-old farmer appeared at the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday for allegedly stabbing his 40-year-old wife at the Suva Bus Stand on Sunday. Bal Raj is charged with act
26 Apr 2017 11:00
Man Fronts Court For Allegedly Stabbing Wife
Bal Raj at the Suva magistrates court on April 25, 2017. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

 

A 49-year-old farmer appeared at the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday for allegedly stabbing his 40-year-old wife at the Suva Bus Stand on Sunday.

Bal Raj is charged with act with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. Magistrate Makereta Mua granted Raj a fresh bail of $1000.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Apenisa Keresoni served disclosures and objected to bail on the grounds that it was an indictable offence.

He also told the court that the victim was still under observation at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital, and asked for the matter to be transferred to the High Court in Suva.

Defence lawyer Jiten Reddy said there was no medical report provided by the prosecution to suggest what the injuries were.

Magistrate Mua ordered a domestic violence restraining order be imposed for the safety of the complainant, and further ordered that Raj was to stay at least 100 yards away from the complainant.

Raj presented two sureties who have signed a surety bond of $1000 each.

Magistrate Mua also told the prosecution that the case would not be transferred to the High Court until the complainant was discharged from hospital.

The case has been adjourned to May 12, for review. Edited by Naisa Koroi

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