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Defence Argues Act Of Joint Enterprise In Manslaughter Court Case

The defence counsel in a manslaughter case yesterday told the High Court in Suva that the alleged offence was an act of joint enterprise. This is the case of Mikaele
01 Dec 2020 10:29
Defence Argues Act Of Joint Enterprise In Manslaughter Court Case
Mikaele Lawaniyavi, 44, Josateki Rokodakunivosa Rabula, 22, and Isikeli Tawake Lagibalavu, 20, yesterday at the Suva High Court. Photo: Ashna Kumar

The defence counsel in a manslaughter case yesterday told the High Court in Suva that the alleged offence was an act of joint enterprise.

This is the case of Mikaele Lawaniyavi, 44, Tailevu school teacher, Josateki Rokodakunivosa Rabula, 22, labourer, and Isikeli Tawake Lagibalavu, 20, unemployed.

It is alleged that on October 3, the three allegedly assaulted bus driver, Subhas Chand, with an umbrella at the Nausori Bus Stand.

He succumbed to injuries on October 9. They are individually charged with one count of manslaughter.

Appearing for Rabula, Legal Aid Commission lawyer, Talei Kean sought the charges to be amended and joined together for all the three accused persons.

However, lawyers, Kunal Singh and Josaia Niudamu representing Lagibalavu and Lawaniyavi respectively, told the court they were satisfied with the charges filed.

State prosecutor from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Setefano Komaibaba told the court that the accused persons were charged with separate counts because the accused persons allegedly committed the offence in different acts.

Justice Aluthge has asked the prosecutor to reconfirm whether the charges will remain or amended. The matter will be called on December 8 for plea and bail was further extended.

 

Feedback: ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj


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