Crime & Court

Two Charged For Disobeying Lawful Order Also Charged For Assault, Disorderly Conduct

Meanwhile, the remandees were taken to the Suva remand centre to adhere to Government’s social distancing COVID-19 measures.
01 Apr 2020 13:32
Two Charged For Disobeying Lawful Order Also Charged For Assault, Disorderly Conduct
Top L-R: Elia Marau and Ilikena Nuivusa, Bottom L-R: Eliki Kabakanavanua and Veremo Waisale and Pita Maitoga (RIGHT) at the Nadi Magistrates Court on March 31, 2020. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Two of the people who allegedly breached curfew hours were also charged with serious assault and one count of disorderly conduct.

The accused appeared before Magistrate Siromi Turaga at the Nadi Magistrates court yesterday.

Magistrate Siromi Turaga said: “The curfew put in place by the Prime Minister is for all our safety, you, and me. It has been told many times yet some people still take it lightly.”

Pita Maitoga, 27, of Lami, Ilikena Nuivusa, 32, of Nakavu, Elia Marau 27, and Jone Ramasilo, 28, of Navatulevu appeared together.

Maitoga and Ilikena were charged with one count of disobeying a lawful order, one count of serious assault and one count of disorderly conduct.

Marau and Ramasilo were charged with one count of disobeying a lawful order.

Magistrate Turaga remanded them at the Suva Remand Centre and plea was deferred until April 14.

Man allegedly breaches curfew for buying something

Veremo Waisale also appeared before Magistrate Turaga charged with one count of disobeying a lawful order.

The court heard that he returned from town after buying something.

He opted for Legal Aid representative. Plea was deferred and was remanded for 14 days at the Suva Remand Centre.

The matter was adjourned to April 4 for mention.

Police told to use commonsense

Iobe Ledua, appeared for one count of disobeying a lawful order.

The court heard that he was praying while inside his vehicle that was parked outside his compound gate. Police officers knocked on the door and arrested him

Magistrate Turaga informed the court that Police needs to use common sense since the accused was just a few steps into his residential compound.

He was bailed for $300 and told not to re-offend. The matter was adjourned for sentencing to April 3.

Two men allegedly attend to car breakdown

Vicky Nitesh Kumar, 36, a mechanic and Justine Robert, 23, of 8 miles attended to a rental car breakdown in Nadi and upon their return approached the Nawai Police Post where the two were arrested.

Both pleaded guilty.

Justin Robert with Vicky Kumar at the Nadi Magistrate Court yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Justin Robert with Vicky Kumar at the Nadi Magistrate Court yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Magistrate Turaga informed the two men in order to receive a pass; the checkpoint was not the place to get it.

They were remanded for seven days at the Suva Remand Centre and the matter has been adjourned to April 6.

Men allegedly moving vehicle breach curfew

Eliki Kabakanavanua, 29, Jonetani Tukana, 31, Aporosa Torotagi, 49 of Nawaka were charged with one count of disobeying a lawful order.

The court heard that the three breached the curfew period when they allegedly moved a vehicle from their farm which was situated near the river.

They feared the rising river level and moved the vehicle to Dratabu Village but were arrested.

The trio waived their right to counsel, pleaded guilty and sought forgiveness from the court.

Magistrate Turaga bailed the three men with $500 and told them not to re-offend.

Meanwhile, the remandees were taken to the Suva remand centre to adhere to Government’s social distancing COVID-19 measures.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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