Crime & Court

Trial For Man Charged With Manslaughter, Dangerous Driving, Opens In High Court

The accused was allegedly drunk and was driving a motor vehicle causing the death of two people and serious injuries to two passengers.
28 Jan 2020 13:10
Trial For Man Charged With Manslaughter, Dangerous Driving, Opens In High Court
Michael Junior Mow outside the High Court in Suva on January 27, 2020. Photo: Ashna Kumar

The trial for a man alleged to have been drunk while driving and causing the death of two people commenced at the High Court in Suva yesterday.

Michael Junior Mow is charged with two counts of manslaughter and two counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous harm.

The alleged incidents took place on November 2, 2017 at Korovou in Tailevu.

The accused was allegedly drunk and was driving a motor vehicle causing the death of two people and serious injuries to two passengers.

The trial is presided by Judge Justice Vinsent Perera.

State prosecution is represented by Meli Vosawale from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions while the accused is represented by counsels Namrata Mishra and Salote Nasedra from the Legal Aid Commission.

Prosecution’s first witness, 28-year-old teacher Joji Bilowalu told the court that the accused and the occupants in the vehicle were drinking alcohol in the vehicle when he was stopped by the occupants and asked to get in.

He told the court that he went home to drop the school bag and went back to the accused and the other occupants to finish the bottle of stubby beers at the Natovi beach.

He told the court that he was asked to buy more beer and later they went to buy some more alcohol from Korovou Town.

Mr Boliwalu told the court that they bought a carton of Fiji Gold beer and were consuming alcohol on their way to the beach.

He also told the court that the accused was also consuming alcohol while he was driving the motor vehicle.

The trial continues before Justice Perera today.

Bail for Mow has been further extended.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

 

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