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Man Alleges Police Got Him To Plead Guilty

A man who fronted court for aggravated burglary and theft charges yesterday claimed that Police officers forced him to plead guilty. Paula Vura pleaded guilty to one count each of
18 Jul 2018 10:17
Man Alleges Police Got Him To Plead Guilty

A man who fronted court for aggravated burglary and theft charges yesterday claimed that Police officers forced him to plead guilty.

Paula Vura pleaded guilty to one count each of aggravated burglary and theft before Justice Chamath Morais at the High Court in Suva.

Apete Turagatani and Navitalai Loatuicama who are jointly charged with Vura pleaded not guilty to the charges.

It is alleged that between January 13, 2018, and January 15, 2018 in Koro Island, the three men unlawfully entered the Police Post with the intention to commit theft.

During the same period they were also alleged to have stolen five plants believed to be marijuana from the Koro Island Community Post exhibit room.

In court Vura told the judge that since he had pleaded guilty, he wanted to see the evidence and finger prints from the state prosecution.

All three accused were represented by lawyers from the Legal Aid Commission.

Vura alleged that Police officers from Koro Island had advised him to submit a guilty plea to get a lesser penalty.

His lawyer asked for more time from the court to discuss with the accused the summary of facts.

Justice Morais gave two weeks to the defence to finalise the summary of facts.

The case was adjourned to July 31.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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