Crime & Court

Nabua Brawl Alleged Instigator Jone Vakarisi Faces Abduction Charge Of 17-Year-Old Girl

Police prosecutor Constable Sitiveni Baleitaveuni who said Vakarisi is believed to the instigator of the Nabua brawl, objected to bail.
07 Oct 2021 10:25
Nabua Brawl Alleged Instigator Jone Vakarisi Faces Abduction Charge Of 17-Year-Old Girl
Jone Vakarisi (bula shirt) outside the Magistrates Court in Suva on October 6, 2021. Photo: Ronald Kumar

An alleged instigator of the recent Nabua brawl Jone Vakarisi appeared in the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday.

He is charged with the abduction of a 17-year-old girl with the intention to have carnal knowledge.

While he was not charged in relation to the brawl the alleged abduction incident happened on August 12, 2021 in Mead Road, Nabua.

Police prosecutor Constable Sitiveni Baleitaveuni who said Vakarisi is believed to the instigator of the Nabua brawl, objected to bail.

His grounds for objecting bail was for Vakarisi’s safety and that the brawl had erupted on Monday (October 4), because they (those involved in the brawl) were looking for him.

Vakarisi responded saying the boys involved in the brawl knew his home address in Rewa Street and knew where to find him.

He also added that he was already in Police custody when the brawl happened.

The abduction charge was read out to him in court to which he indicated that he understood the charge and defence was seeking more time for his plea.

They also confirmed receiving the disclosures from Police.

Constable Baleitaveuni confirmed that the accused and the victim were in a relationship.

Vakarisi stood up in court and revealed that he had taken a tabua (whale’s tooth) to his girlfriend’s family which they have accepted and her mother has written a statement to the Police to withdraw the case.

However, Magistrate Waleen George said the offence is not reconcilable.

Vakarisi also stated he was not vaccinated and would not be accepted into remand.

Magistrate George advised Vakarisi that as people grow old they need to change and warned him that if he is brought back to court for another matter he would be remanded.

Vakarisi provided two sureties and Magistrate George released him on a $500 bail bond and surety bond in the same amount.

He was instructed to report to the Samabula Police Station on Sundays between 6am and 6pm and ordered not to change his residential address without the permission of the court. He was warned not to re-offend while on bail and not to interfere with prosecution witnesses. The case has been adjourned to December 3.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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