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Blood Tests Essential In Case Against Australian Couple, Says Prosecution

  Blood samples from Australian national John Geoffrey Nikolic, who is charged with unlawful possession of cocaine and methamphetamine tablets, will be sent to Australia for testing. State prosecutor Yogesh
16 Nov 2018 10:00
Blood Tests Essential In Case Against Australian Couple, Says Prosecution

 

Blood samples from Australian national John Geoffrey Nikolic, who is charged with unlawful possession of cocaine and methamphetamine tablets, will be sent to Australia for testing.

State prosecutor Yogesh Prasad appeared in the High Court in Suva yesterday and told Justice Vinsent Perera that John Nikolic’s blood samples had been taken at the Lautoka Hospital for testing by the Fiji Police Forensics Department.

However, he said testing was still yet to be done because there were no cartridges available here for the procedure.

Mr Prasad said they were contemplating sending the blood samples to Australia if they were unable to procure the said equipment locally.

He said the test report was crucial to the State’s case against the accused and his co-accused Yvette Dianne Nikolic, who is also charged with unlawful possession of illicit drugs.

They are also charged with a count each of failure to declare arms and ammunitions to a customs officer while John Geoffrey Nikolic is charged with an additional charge of unlawful importation of illicit drugs.

Their lawyer, Ronald Gordon, said the information was filed at the High Court in Lautoka and the case was transferred to Suva after they wrote to the Case Management Committee seeking an early trial date.

The case was then set to be called before Justice Daniel Goundar yesterday, however, he was not available in court, thus the case was called before Justice Perera.

The case has been adjourned to November 26, 2018 for mention before Justice Goundar.

Both accused persons have been further remanded in custody at the Lautoka remand facility.

On June 22, 2018, the couple were allegedly found in possession of 34.4 grams of cocaine and meth tablets and they failed to declare a Smith and Welson Gun with a magazine loaded with six bullets together with 56 ammunitions and a revolver loaded with six bullets together with 35 ammunitions.

John Nikolic is also alleged to have unlawfully imported 12.9 kilograms of cocaine.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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