Crime

3 Suspended Police Constables Appear In High Court

Three suspended Police Constables, charged for alleged brutality in Navua, appeared at the High Court in Suva yesterday.
06 Dec 2019 09:46
3 Suspended Police Constables Appear In High Court
Benedito Bolabiu and Lasaro Turagadrau outside the High Court in Suva on December 5, 2019. Photos: Ashna Kumar

Three suspended Police Constables, charged for alleged brutality in Navua, appeared at the High Court in Suva yesterday.

Benedito Bolabiu, 26, Laisenia Naiwau, 31, and Lasaro Turagadrau, 35, appeared before Judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe.

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 intent to cause grievous harm.

It is alleged that Bolabiu, Naiwau and Turagadrau, on November 5, 2019, at 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 Shirley Tivao from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The accused persons were represented by lawyer Ana Tuiketei.

Ms Tivao sought time from the court to file information and disclosures in the matter.

She told the court that the State was given time to file information and disclosures by December 11, however, she said the State needed more time to go through the file.

Ms Tuiketei told the court that she had discussions with the prosecution on Wednesday and she also indicated for the matter to be transferred to the Magistrates Court.

She sought for the transfer because the charge relied on the medical report of the complainant.

She told the court that the prosecution was relying on the medical report and no other investigation was being conducted at this stage.

Justice Rajasinghe said there were so many matters before the Magistrates Court and told the defence to wait until the State had filed the information and disclosures.

He said once these were filed, a decision on whether the matter could be transferred to the Magistrates Court would be reached.

The matter has been adjourned for mention to February 2, 2020.

Bail for all three accused persons has been extended.

Edited by Percy Kean

Feedback: ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj

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