Crime & Court

Public Health Violations A Menace: Court

Two men who were caught consuming alcohol during curfew and later assaulted police officers have been denied bail at the Magistrates Court in Suva. Magistrate Liyanage Wickramasekera has labeled these
16 May 2021 10:46
Public Health Violations A Menace: Court
Joji Sai (Left) and Laisiasa Gurai appear at Suva Magistrates Court on May 15th 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

Two men who were caught consuming alcohol during curfew and later assaulted police officers have been denied bail at the Magistrates Court in Suva.

Magistrate Liyanage Wickramasekera has labeled these public health violations as a menace, making the Ministry of Health’s COVID containment protocol an impossible task.

The two men are Laisiasa Saivakatini, 21 and Joji Sai, 20.

They are charged with one count of failure to comply with public orders, one count of criminal intimidation and two counts of assault.

Both men are alleged to have been drinking with two juveniles on early Friday morning at the Tamavua-i-Wai Road roundabout when police came to the scene.

The two men allegedly assaulted the police officers while the juveniles aged 16 and 17 threw stones at the officers and the police vehicle.

Both chose Legal Aid representation and made an application for bail.

However, Magistrate Wickramasekera sternly refused bail saying that bail was being refused in the interest of justice.

He said such acts were selfish and not doing any good to the nation’s fight in containing a virus that was crippling the world over.

The court also found that Saivakatini was convicted of failure to comply with public orders last year by breaching curfew.

Magistrate Wickramasekera said the accused had failed to complete his community service and was ordered to pay a fine of $300 which he failed to pay.

He was then sentenced to 30 days in jail for that offence. The matter has been adjourned to May 27.

The two juveniles for the same offence appeared before Magistrate Shageeth Somaratne.

They were granted bail into the custody of their parents and ordered to stay home between 6pm and 6am daily as part of their bail conditions.

They are to appear again on June 15.

Edited by Losirene Lacanivalu

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