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Prosecutor Gets Schooled On Job

It was alleged that on September 11, last year, Ledua Talemaitoga, 18 and Tomasi Tuicakau, 19, robbed the complainant of a mobile phone valued at $844.
07 Mar 2019 10:00
Prosecutor Gets Schooled On Job

Stop wasting the court’s time, High Court judge Justice Salesi Temo told a State prosecutor, after she failed to present proper facts to the court yesterday.

This was in regard to a case against two teenagers who are each charged with one count of aggravated robbery.

It was alleged that on September 11, last year, Ledua Talemaitoga, 18 and Tomasi Tuicakau, 19, robbed the complainant of a mobile phone valued at $844.

Representing the State prosecution was Swastika Sharma and representing both the accused was Lisiate Qetaki.

In court yesterday, it was alleged that Talemaitoga held the complainant from the back while Tuicakau tried to snatch the phone from the complainant.

The court heard that a number of people witnessed the alleged attack and the phone fall after which both the accused ran off.

Ms Sharma told the court that there were your boys and one of them took the phone. Justice Temo said the facts presented to him were more of an assault case rather than aggravated robbery.

“This case is more like an assault as it does not have the element of theft. You don’t know what you are doing. I am not here to be kind to people who are not doing their job properly. The phone fell down and the two accused ran off without the phone,” Justice Temo said.

“I need prosecutors to know their stuff too. Talk to your senior supervisors and get me proper facts. You need to draft a proper summary of facts. I am not satisfied,” the judge told the State prosecutor.

Both the accused were released on bail. The case was adjourned to April 5 for facts and sentencing.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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