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Mother accused of raping daughter denied bail A 45-year-old woman who allegedly raped and assaulted her 14-year-old daughter has been denied bail. It is alleged that between January 1 and
01 Aug 2017 14:06
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Mother accused of raping daughter denied bail

A 45-year-old woman who allegedly raped and assaulted her 14-year-old daughter has been denied bail.

It is alleged that between January 1 and July 5, 2016 at Nasinu the woman had sexual relations with her 14-year-old daughter.

Suva High Court Judge Justice Salesi Temo in ruling against the bail application said the woman had allegedly raped her biological daughter and there was no reason for her to access her liberty.

The trial for the accused will begin on November 6. The matter has been called for mention on October 27. ARISHMA DEVI-NARAYAN

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

 

Appeal against Katia’s sentence

The prosecution and the defence lawyers in the case of former civil servant, Viliame Katia have appealed against his sentence.

Katia, a former acting Deputy Official Receiver was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment in June this year for 11 counts of corrupt related charges amounting to $4million.

Prosecution lawyer, Laite Bokini-Ratu and Defence lawyer, Romanu Vananalagi filed their appeals yesterday.

Suva High Court Judge Justice Temo released the court record to both parties for submissions to be filed.

Appellant Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) has been first given time to file and serve written submissions by August 28.

The matter has been adjourned for October 23 to check on the submissions.

ARISHMA DEVI-NARAYAN

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

 

Illicit drug farmer jailed

A 26-year-old Kadavu man has been sentenced to five years imprisonment for unlawful cultivation of illicit drugs.

Isikeli Naqau of Nakasaleka Village in Kadavu between October 1 and December 14 in 2015 had planted 321 plants of cannabis sativa which was uprooted by Police during a drug raid.

Suva High Court Judge Justice Salesi Temo stated that the accused was a first offender and that he had entered an early guilty plea.

Naqau is eligible for a parole after three years. ARISHMA DEVI-NARAYAN

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

 

Lolohea’s bail application ruling deferred

The lawyer of a 56-year-old man charged with the alleged murder of his de facto partner has requested Suva High Court for his client’s $30,000 cash bail.

Lawyer, Abhay Singh in sought of bail for his client Timoci Lolohea, proposed for a curfew on his client yesterday before Judge Justice Salesi Temo.

Justice Temo however said the chance of his bail was slim as the matter was of domestic violence. The High Court will give its ruling on the bail application on August 28.

The matter will be recalled on November 3.

It is alleged that on March 20, this year Lolohea stabbed Elenoa Dicovi, multiple times after unlawfully entering the compound of Zulfikar Begg with intent to commit an offence. ARISHMA DEVI-NARAYAN

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

 

Convict’s sentence reduced by 24 months

The Suva High Court Judge Justice Salesi Temo yesterday reduced a 42-month imprisonment sentence by two years from an appeal by a woman who was convicted last year.

Raveena Prasad, who was found guilty for one count of general dishonesty-obtaining a gain and one count of obtaining financial advantage had her sentence reduced to 18 months.

Last year she was sentenced to three and a half years imprisonment by the Suva Magistrates Court.

Last year while being employed at a jewellery shop as a cashier, Prasad between January 19 and February 27 falsified the receipts with an intention of obtaining financial advantage.

She also took financial advantage of $10,088 cash knowing that she was not eligible for the money. Prasad is eligible for parole after serving 12 months. ARISHMA DEVI-NARAYAN

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

 

Navuso drug case moved back to Magistrates Court

The case of a 48-year-old businessman and his wife charged with being in possession of illicit drugs has been transferred back to Suva Magistrates Court.

Suva High Court Judge Justice Salesi Temo said the case if heard in High Court would be a waste of time.

Rakesh Charan and Arti Narayan were allegedly found in possession of 57.5 grams of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $46,000 at their home in Navuso, Naitasiri, last year.

The matter has been adjourned for August 21 before the Suva Magistrates Court.

ARISHMA DEVI-NARAYAN

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

 

Infanticide can be considered: Judge

Tavenisa Raceva, 39-year-old mother who had pleaded guilty to murdering her baby, appeared at the Suva High Court yesterday.

Judge Justice Salesi Temo has however, told prosecution to review their charge considering the social and psychological circumstance of the accused.

He told prosecution to consider why she had committed the crime. The charges could be infanticide. Prosecution has been given time until August 28 to file the amended information.

She will reappear in court on August 28.

ARISHMA DEVI-NARAYAN

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

 

Alleged killer denied bail

A woman who allegedly killed her de-facto partner last year has been denied bail.

Suva High Court Judge Justice Salesi Temo who denied bail, stated the matter was a domestic violence case.

Justice Temo has fixed a trial date of the matter from June 4-8, 2018.

Merriane Premila Devi has been further remanded.

She will reappear in court on October 23 for a pretrial conference.

ARISHMA DEVI-NARAYAN

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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