Crime & Court

14 Men Front Court In Savusavu For Breaching Social Gathering Orders To Drink Kava At Village Hall

It was alleged that on April 10, Rainima, Tuilaucala, Donuca, Rigamoto, Vulalo, Vukasiri, Nasuikau and Dautei at Naboutini Village in Saqani District, without lawful excuse, gathered together at the village kitchen hall for the purpose of consuming yaqona.
16 Apr 2020 13:12
14 Men Front Court In Savusavu For Breaching Social Gathering Orders To Drink Kava At Village Hall
A few of the 14 men who appeared at Savusavu Magistrates Court on April 15, 2020, for allegedly breaching social gathering restrictions. Photo: Shratika Naidu

Fourteen men, charged with failure to comply with orders on social gathering, were granted bail by the Savusavu Magistrates Court yesterday.

The accused were Vikatore Nabole, Paula Nagese, Nemani Raisema, Jese Nagaese, Kolinio Rainima, Jekope Tuilaucala, Akuila Donuca, Patric Rigamoto, Sirilo Vulalo, Timoci Vukasiri, Timoci Dautei, Timoci Nasuikau, Kolinio Veretaki and Naipote Buka. They appeared before Magistrate Timoci Qalinauci.

It was alleged that on April 10, Rainima, Tuilaucala, Donuca, Rigamoto, Vulalo, Vukasiri,  Nasuikau and Dautei at Naboutini Village in Saqani District, without lawful excuse, gathered together at the village kitchen hall for the purpose of consuming yaqona. This was a failure to comply with social gathering orders issued by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services on March 30, 2020.

Nabole, Nagese, Raisema and Nagaese were also charged with gathering at Nemani Veidre’s residence for the purpose of consuming yaqona. This is a failure to comply with social gathering orders issued by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services on March 30, 2020.

Veretaki and Buka were arrested on April 14, for allegedly breaching the nationwide curfew, as they were allegedly found drinking together in Savusavu Town.

No plea was taken.

They were all bailed with the sum of $400 with strict conditions.

A curfew order was imposed on them, to report at the nearest Police Station once a month and not to re-offend.

The case has been adjourned for mention on June 3, 2020.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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