Crime & Court

Lami Man Charged With The Murder Of His Partner’s 2 Year Old Brother, Remanded By Court

A post mortem was conducted where it was discovered the child died of severe internal injuries. Investigators at Totogo Police Station classified the case as murder.
27 Feb 2020 09:55
Lami Man Charged With The Murder Of His Partner’s 2 Year Old Brother, Remanded By Court
Josaia Alfred Vuetinaibose (left), outside the Magistrates Court in Suva on February 26, 2020. Photo: Inoke Rabonu

A 25-year-old unemployed man of Lami, who is charged for the murder of a two-year-old toddler, has been told to formally apply for bail at the High Court in Suva.

This is after Magistrate Deepika Prakash transferred the case to the High Court because accused, Josaia Alfred Vuetinaibose, was charged with an indictable offence. It is alleged that Vuetinaibose caused the death of Nemani Tabuwere, a toddler who was the brother of the accused’s partner.

The matter came to light after the child passed away at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital on February 15.

A post mortem was conducted where it was discovered the child died of severe internal injuries. Investigators at Totogo Police Station classified the case as murder.

The accused had allegedly looked after the child on the day he fell ill.

The child’s parents took him to the Valelevu Health Centre and he was transferred to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital where he was admitted for a short while until he passed away.

In court, the accused stood with tears in his eyes in the accused box. He was served with full phase of disclosures by the prosecution.

Vuetinaibose told the court that he understood the charge which was read to him in iTaukei language.

He also opted for legal representation from the Legal Aid Commission.

Duty Solicitor from the Legal Aid Commission, Lorina Filipe made an application for bail on the grounds that under the Constitution the accused was presumed innocent until he was proven guilty.

She also told the court that the accused was a first offender and had no previous convictions.

Police Prosecutor Woman Police Constable, Kula Nainoca told the court that the accused was charged with an indictable offence and that bail should be determined by the High Court for the accused to make a formal application. She said the deceased was the accused’s girlfriend’s younger brother.

Magistrate Prakash said the accused was charged with an indictable offence and only the High Court had jurisdiction to hear the matter.

She refused the bail application made by the Duty Solicitor and ordered the accused, through Legal Aid Commission, to make a formal bail application at the High Court.

Magistrate Prakash also ordered the accused to file a notice of alibi if he wished to do so within 21 days from yesterday.

Vuetinaibose has been remanded in custody and the matter was adjourned for first call at the High Court on March 11.

Edited by Percy Kean

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