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Justice Hamza warns alleged wife beater

A Tacirua man, charged with an act with intent to cause grievous harm, was warned in the High Court in Suva yester­day not to lay a hand on his wife
21 Feb 2018 13:00
Justice Hamza warns alleged wife beater

A Tacirua man, charged with an act with intent to cause grievous harm, was warned in the High Court in Suva yester­day not to lay a hand on his wife or risk having his bail revoked.

Ledua Masi Tiko was produced be­fore Judge Justice Riyaz Hamza for first call after his case was trans­ferred from the Nasinu Magistrates Court.

He appeared on bail and it was re­vealed in court that he had violated his bail condition when he relocat­ed with his wife and three children from his parent’s house in Tacirua East to Nadera.

Justice Hamza questioned the ac­cused why he relocated when his bail condition, which was set by the Magistrates Court, stated that he must reside in Tacirua East until completion of the case.

The accused said that he was not aware. It was revealed that on No­vember 11, 2017, the accused alleg­edly hit his wife on the head with a wooden chair.

Her medical report indicated that dry blood was found in her nose and there was tenderness in her spine.

Justice Hamza questioned the ac­cused if he was staying with his wife to which he said he was add­ing that there was no Domestic Vio­lence Restraining Order (DVRO) imposed.

Legal Aid lawyer Talei Kean said a DVRO had been imposed, but it was not clear to what extent as there were no non-contact orders given.

State lawyer Sujata Lodhia said his wife was a State witness who said she had reconciled with the ac­cused and wished to withdraw the case.

Ms Lodhia said since it was a do­mestic matter, they had no instruc­tions to terminate the matter.

She requested the court to impose a non-contact order adding that if the case went to trial, then there was a likelihood that the accused’s wife would choose not to testify against her husband.

Justice Hamza advised the ac­cused not to reoffend and not to cause any more harm to his wife.

The case has been adjourned to March 13, 2018, for mention.

Tiko’s bail was extended and he was advised to file an application for bail variation if he wanted to change his bail conditions.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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