Crime

Topline Tragedy: Murder Accused Denied Bail

Sergeant Kumar strongly objected to bail during his submissions saying that Vukivuki was on bail as he had two pending cases at the Magistrates Court, one of which was in relation to assault.
28 Jan 2020 11:51
Topline Tragedy: Murder Accused Denied Bail
Josaia Vukivuki.

A 28-year-old man who is alleged to have killed Hasneel Sharma, 22, in Lautoka last week was denied bail by the Magistrates Court in Lautoka yesterday.

Josaia Vukivuki appeared before Magistrate Nayani Kasturiratne charged with one count of murder.

Sharma’s body was found at the back of the old Mobil Service Station at Natokowaqa in Lautoka on January 19.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Arvind Kumar said the State objected to bail because the alleged offence was indictable.

Sergeant Kumar strongly objected to bail during his submissions saying that Vukivuki was on bail as he had two pending cases at the Magistrates Court, one of which was in relation to assault.

He said while on bail, Vukivuki allegedly committed the alleged offence.

He further mentioned that there was a second accused who may be involved and Police were waiting for forensic evidence to be completed. He said if Vukivuki was released on bail, he could interfere with Police investigations.

Sergeant Kumar also told the Court that a lot of people were following the case on social media and through the different news organisations.

He highlighted that if Vukivuki was released on bail he was likely to commit the same offence and would be likely to interfere with the witnesses in the case.

While representing himself in Court, Vukivuki requested if he could be taken to the Lautoka Hospital after claiming that he was assaulted by Police officers.

He also requested for bail and mentioned that he was the sole bread winner of his family and was looking after his child.

Magistrate Kasturiratne denied bail for Vukivuki and transferred the case to the High Court in Lautoka.

She also noted that he be taken to the hospital for medical examination.

The matter has been adjourned to February 7, 2020 for mention.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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