Crime & Court

Court Orders Prosecution To File Disclosures In Brothers’ Case

Ro Veiwili is facing two counts of serious assault charges and Ro Veidovi is facing one count each of serious assault and of damaging property charges.
22 Aug 2019 15:09
Court Orders Prosecution To File Disclosures In Brothers’ Case
Ro Veiwili Loanakadavu (left) and Ro Veidovi Loanakadavu outside the Magistrates Court in Suva on August 7, 2019. Photo: Ashna Kumar

The prosecution was given 14 days to file voir dire disclosures in the case of two brothers, who allegedly assaulted Police officers last December.

Ro Veiwili Loanakadavu, 22, and Ro Veidovi Loanakadavu, 22, appeared before Magistrate Seini Puamau at the Magistrates Court in Suva yesterday.

The charges:

Ro Veiwili is facing two counts of serious assault charges and Ro Veidovi is facing one count each of serious assault and of damaging property charges.

For the first offence of serious assault, it is alleged that Ro Veiwili, on December 14, 2018, in Suva, assaulted Corporal Isoa Vatutaqiri, a Police officer in the due execution of his duty by punching him on the head.

For the second offence of serious assault, it is alleged that Ro Veiwili and Ro Veidovi, on December 14, 2018, at Suva, assaulted Special Constable Kusitino Toma, a Police officer in the due execution of his duty by punching him on the head.

For the offence of damaging property, it is alleged that Ro Veidovi, on December 14, 2018, at Suva, wilfully and unlawfully damaged an accessories operation vest, the property of the Fiji Police Force.

In court yesterday, defence lawyer Nancy Tikoisuva told the court that she had filed and served the voir dire grounds for both of the accused persons.

However, Magistrate Puamau said she did not have or see a copy of the voir dire grounds in the court file.

Ms Tikoisuva told the court that the voir dire grounds were received on August 12 and filed on August 19.

Magistrate Puamau directed the court clerks to find the court copy of the voir dire grounds filed by the defence.

The matter was adjourned for mention to check on the voir dire disclosures by the State.

Bail for both accused persons was further extended.

Edited by Percy Kean

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