Crime & Court

Chief Registrar: Courts Will Get Special Passageway For Accused Persons

After his court hearing on Wednesday morning, the accused was being taken to the cell block when a relative of his partner approached him and threw punches at Koroi.
28 Jun 2019 13:31
Chief Registrar: Courts Will Get Special Passageway For Accused Persons
A Police escorting officer stopped a man from attacking murder accused Mosese Koroi at the Court premises on June 26, 2019. Photo: Ashna Kumar

In future all court facilities will have passageways solely for accused persons, away from members of the general public, for safety purposes.

The Chief Registrar, Justice Yohan Liyanage, made the statement in light of an incident in which a murder accused was allegedly attacked in the corridor outside Suva court on Wednesday.

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

After his court hearing on Wednesday morning, the accused was being taken to the cell block when a relative of his partner approached him and threw punches at Koroi.

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

In commenting on the safety and security of remand prisoners at the court premises Justice Liyanage, said the incident was not reported to the High Court Criminal division registry.

He said providing security to court users and remanded prisoners were in the hands of Police escorting officers.

“For convicted persons this will be done by the Corrections officers,” he said.

“It is the right of an accused person to be present during his or her case. In some instances during mention Suva judicial officers use audio visual links with the Corrections facilities to communicate with the accused person. In those circumstances they will not be brought to court.

“All court facilities that are planned for future will have a separate passageway for the accused persons, an example is the upcoming new Nasinu Court complex,” Justice Liyanage added.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said since the matter was before the court, the Fiji Police Force would urge people not to let their emotions overcome them or they 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 incident,” she said.

“This is considering it is an area open to public access and Police will do their best to keep them from harm’s way.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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