Crime & Court

Court Remands Trio For Alleged Theft Of Hospital Boat

Simione Kasanawaqa, Inoke Bolakoro and Aceni Ravuwaka appeared before Magistrate Geethani Wijesinghe, during the special court sitting in Suva, yesterday.
03 Nov 2020 12:09
Court Remands Trio For Alleged Theft Of Hospital Boat
Inoke Bolakoro and Simione Kasanawaqa.

Three men who allegedly stole the Vunisea Hospital fibre glass boat have been denied bail by the Magistrates Court in Suva.

Simione Kasanawaqa, Inoke Bolakoro and Aceni Ravuwaka appeared before Magistrate Geethani Wijesinghe, during the special court sitting in Suva, yesterday.

The trio are jointly charged with one count of theft.

A report of theft was lodged by officials from the Vunisea Hospital after their boat was discovered missing. Along with the boat, the trio allegedly stole a Yamaha 6000 HP engine and two fuel tanks belonging to the Ministry of Health.

Investigators conducted raids at Naikorokoro and Namuana Villages where they allegedly recovered the boat.

The alleged incident took place on October 27 at Kadavu.

Prosecutor, Sergeant Ravi Narayan, served the accused persons with a full phase of disclosures.

He objected to the bail for all three accused persons.

Sergeant Narayan made an application in court for the boat to be released to the Hospital as it was the only boat that services the rural areas of Kadavu.

Magistrate Wijesinghe ordered for the photographs of the items taken and boat boat to be returned to the Hospital until the trial.

The matter will be called again on November 11.

Boat Propeller

On a separate case, Ravuwaka was also denied bail yesterday.

He allegedly stole a boat propeller belonging to the Fiji Police Force.

A report of theft was registered at the Vunisea Police Station after the propeller of the Police Boat FPB Kadavu was discovered missing.

Investigators conducted raids at Naikorokoro and Namuana Villages where they allegedly recovered the propeller.

Magistrate Wijesinghe ordered the photographs of the propeller to be taken and the property to be returned to the Police.

The matter has been adjourned for mention on November 11.

Edited by Selita Bolanavanua

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