Crime & Court

Alleged Police Brutality Case Transferred To High Court

It is alleged that Bolabiu, Naiwau and Turagadrau, on November 5, 2019, at the Pacific Harbour Community Post, with intent to do grievous harm to Manasa Rayasidamu, unlawfully wounded Mr Rayasidamu by pouring hot water on his back and hitting his legs with a cement block.
22 Nov 2019 12:51
Alleged Police Brutality Case Transferred To High Court
From left: Suspended Police officers Benedito Bolabiu, Laisenia Naiwau and Lasaro Turagadrau outside the Magistrates Court in Suva on November 20, 2019. Photos: Ronald Kumar

The case of three suspended Police Constables, charged for alleged brutality in Navua, has been transferred to the High Court in Suva.

Benedito Bolabiu, 26, Laisenia Naiwau, 31, and Lasaro Turagadrau, 35, appeared before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili yesterday.

They are accused of pouring hot water on the complainant’s back and hitting his legs with a cement block.

They are jointly charged with one count of act with the intent to cause grievous harm.

It is alleged that Bolabiu, Naiwau and Turagadrau, on November 5, 2019, at the Pacific Harbour Community Post, with intent to do grievous harm to Manasa Rayasidamu, unlawfully wounded Mr Rayasidamu by pouring hot water on his back and hitting his legs with a cement block.

The prosecution was represented by Rajneel Kumar from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The accused persons were represented by lawyer Ana Tuiketei.

Chief Magistrate Ratuvili transferred the matter to the High Court as it was a serious offence.

Bail has been extended for the trio. The matter has been adjourned to December 5.

Edited by Percy Kean

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