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Newspaper Man Acquitted

Resident Magistrate Shageeth Somaratne found that prosecution had failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the accused had committed the offence.
01 Jun 2019 10:00
Newspaper Man Acquitted
Lawyer Emmanuel Narayan (left) with Nemani Delaibatiki.

A newspaper executive charged with one count of careless driving was acquitted by the Nausori Magistrates Court yesterday.

Resident Magistrate Shageeth Somaratne found that prosecution had failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the accused had committed the offence.

Nemani Delaibatiki had pleaded not guilty to the charge and the matter proceeded for the hearing. He was represented by lawyer Emmanuel Narayan of Patel Sharma.

Prior to the hearing, Delaibatiki, managing editor Training for the Fiji Sun, had been a target of politically motivated attacks in a trial by social media that he had not stopped.

Police had alleged that Delaibatiki bumped a man, on Nasali Road on June 19, 2017.

The Police prosecution called the man only as their witness while Delaibatiki elected to remain silent.

The man told the court that there were no lights in the vehicle.

He got injured and Delaibatiki took him to the hospital.

Mr Somaratne said the complainant omitted to mention in his Police statement that the vehicle was being driven without the lights and the reason given was that he was not feeling well at that time.

He said the second issue to be noted in the case was the delay in lodging the complaint by the victim.

“I am also not satisfied with the demeanor of the sole witness called by the prosecution.”

Mr Somaratne said the complainant’s testimony was not up to the level to satisfy the court.

Edited by Rayape Karavaki

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