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Man Cops Wrongful Confinement Charge

A Suva man was refused bail in the Magistrates Court on Wednesday after he was produced on fresh charges of wrongful confinement. Elia Marau appeared before Mag­istrate Liyanage Wickramasekara charged
15 Jun 2018 11:00
Man Cops Wrongful Confinement Charge

A Suva man was refused bail in the Magistrates Court on Wednesday after he was produced on fresh charges of wrongful confinement.

Elia Marau appeared before Mag­istrate Liyanage Wickramasekara charged with two counts of wrong­ful confinement, three counts of criminal intimidation and two counts of grievous harm.

On June 11, 2018 Marau with oth­ers allegedly wrongfully confined two men, aged 32 years old and 21 years old, and a female in a dwell­ing house.

On that same day without lawful excuse and intent to cause alarm he allegedly threatened to hit the two male complainants with a chopper and a hammer.

Without lawful excuse and with intent to cause alarm he allegedly threatened to rape the female com­plainant.

On the grievous harm charges he is alleged to have unlawfully and maliciously caused grievous harm to the two male complainants by hitting one on the head with a chopper and his left hand with a hammer. He then allegedly hit the other male complainant on his leg with a hammer.

Police prosecutor Corporal Ray­mond Filipe served him with full phase disclosures in court.

Marau’s right to counsel was read to him and he chose to be represented by the Legal Aid Com­mission.

He opted to be tried in the Mag­istrates Court instead of the High Court.

Corporal Filipe objected to bail on the grounds that the charges against him were serious as well as the injuries sustained by the victims.

He added that the likelihood of the accused interfering with Po­lice witnesses was high.

Corporal Filipe clarified that the accused was not related to the vic­tims.

Marau submitted that his father was present in court to be his surety and that he needed to be re­leased on bail so that he could ap­ply to Legal Aid.

Magistrate Wickramasekara asked Corporal Filipe if there were other accomplices involved in committing the crime.

Corporal Filipe said the other ac­complices were yet to be arrested.

Magistrate Wickramasekara re­fused Marau’s bail and ordered the escorting officer to take him to the Legal Aid office so that he could apply for assistance.

His case was adjourned to June 27, 2018.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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