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Murder Accused, 18, In Remand For Own Safety

"Divisional Police Inspector Western Paul Taito, told the court that if the ac­cused was released on bail, his own safe­ty would be compromised and it was a case of public interest."
16 Feb 2019 10:00
Murder Accused, 18, In Remand For Own Safety
Murder accused Avniel Dilesh Mani at the Lautoka Magistrates Court on February 12, 2019. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

An 18-year-old man who allegedly murdered a man at Malamala Street in Simla, Lautoka, on Feb­ruary 9 has been remanded at the Na­tabua Corrections Facility for his own safety.

Divisional Police Inspector Western Paul Taito, told the court that if the ac­cused was released on bail, his own safe­ty would be compromised and it was a case of public interest.

Avniel Dilesh Mani, of Lomawai, Siga­toka, appeared before Magistrate Ban­dula Gunaratne in the Lautoka Magis­trate’s Court on Tuesday.

He is charged with the murder of 57-year-old Pushpa Chandra. He is also charged with theft, burglary and driving a vehicle without a valid driving licence.

It is alleged that Mani had committed the crimes between February 8 and Feb­ruary 9 this year. He will appear on Feb­ruary 26 in the High Court in Lautoka.

Edited by Naisa Koroi



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