Crime & Court

16 Plead Guilty, Ordered To Pay $500 Each

Sixteen accused persons who breached the nationwide curfew and social gathering restriction pleaded guilty and were fined $500 each.
17 Apr 2020 12:02
16 Plead Guilty, Ordered To Pay $500 Each
Sixteen people appeared in Navua court for social gathering and breach of curfew laws in April 16, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Sixteen accused persons who breached the nationwide curfew and social gathering restriction pleaded guilty and were fined $500 each.

They were charged with failure to comply with lawful order.

The accused appeared before Magistrate Chaitanya Lakshman at the Navua Magistrate Court yesterday.

Magistrate Lakshman told them to stop playing around with the law, and not to take things lightly.

“Government is wasting so much resources to keep all Fijians safe, but people are still not listening,” he said.

All were first offenders.

In mitigation they said they were remorseful and sought the court’s forgiveness.

They were bailed and the matter has been adjourned to June 17 to review their fine repayment.

On April 14, 2020, Senilata Sukabula, Saimoni Colati, Peceli Ratuibau, Qorio Rasegadi, Jone Ramumu, Naimasi Tuicuvu, Jiutasa Irinatora, Waisale Vesa, Joni Tukana, and Joeli Salabogi were found gathering at Wainadoi Village.

Police prosecutor constable Freddy Tafoou informed the court the accused were gathering for the purpose of playing rugby.

The Police approached the accused and arrested them.

In another case, Petero Delasau, Mitieli Tuve, Kusitino Tamudunaivoli and Uliasi Uto were found consuming yaqona at Veivatuloa Village, in Namosi.

Police prosecutor Constable Freddy Tafoou informed the court they received a call from the village and a team of Police officers were sent to arrest them.

On April 14, 2020, Toma Yalayalatabua and Kusitino Waqanisanini were found walking around Namosi Village.

Police prosecutor Constable Freddy Tafoou informed the court a Police officer who is based in Namosi arrested them at 11pm, and they were taken to the Navua Police Station.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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