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Murder Accused Attacked By Family Of The Deceased, At The Suva Court Precinct

After his court hearing yesterday morning, the accused was being led to the cell block when a relative of the deceased approached Koroi and threw punches at him.
27 Jun 2019 13:44
Murder Accused Attacked By Family Of The Deceased, At The Suva Court Precinct
A Police escorting officer stopped a man from attacking murder accused Mosese Koroi at the Court premises on June 26, 2019. Photo: Ashna Kumar

A murder accused was allegedly attacked by the deceased’s relative at the Court premises in Suva yesterday.

Mosese Koroi is charged with one count of murder of his 23-year-old partner.

After his court hearing yesterday morning, the accused was being led to the cell block when a relative of the deceased approached Koroi and threw punches at him.

Koroi tried to defend himself as the escorting officer pushed the relative away from the accused, and warned him to stop or he would be arrested.

In light of the incident, the Fiji Sun reached out to the Chief Registrar, Yohan Liyanage for comments on the safety and security of remand prisoners at the Court premises.

Mr Liyanage said the incident was not reported to the High Court Criminal division registry, however, he said providing security to the court users and the remanded prisoners were in the hands of police escorting officers.

“For convicted persons this will be done by the corrections officers.

“It is the right of an accused person to be present during his or her case.”

He said all court facilities that are planned for future have separate passageway for the accused persons which will be separated from the general public.

An example is the upcoming new Nasinu court complex,” Mr Liyanage said.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said since the matter was before the court, the Fiji Police Force would urge people not to be overcome by emotions as they may end up on the wrong side of the law.

“Escorting officers are focused on ensuring persons under their care are escorted to and from the cell block safely and without incidents and considering it is an area open to public access they will do their best to keep them from harm’s way,” she said.

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