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High Court Vacates Trial For Trio On Manslaughter Charge

It is alleged that on October 3, 2020, at Nausori bus station, the three allegedly assaulted bus driver, Subhas Chand, with an umbrella.
22 Jun 2022 16:12
High Court Vacates Trial For Trio On Manslaughter Charge
From left: Mikaele Lawaniyavi, Josateki Rabula and and Isikeli Lagibalavu Photos: Ashna Kumar

The High Court in Suva has vacated the trial of three men accused of causing the death of a bus driver at the Nausori Bus Station in 2020.

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

It is alleged that on October 3, 2020, at Nausori bus station, the three allegedly assaulted bus driver, Subhas Chand, with an umbrella.

Mr Chand had succumbed to his injuries on October 9.

Lawaniyavi, Rokodakunivosa, and Rabula are individually charged with one count of manslaughter.

The trial was set to begin on July 18, however, the defence lawyer for Lagibalavu told the court that they were yet to receive the clinical notes for the defence’s case.

The counsel told the court that the notes were important for the defence as they intended to send them to Australia for a second opinion to decipher what may have transpired while the deceased was admitted under the care of CWM Hospital for eight days. This is to be done to see if there was any medical negligence.

High Court Judge, Justice Daniel Goundar, questioned the counsel on whether there were any indications of medical negligence in the post-mortem examination report of the deceased to which the counsel said no.

State prosecutor from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Sahil Shiraz, said the counsel was in contact with the medical authorities to obtain notes.

Counsels for Lawaniyavi and Rabula told the court that they were ready to proceed to trial and that they did not require the clinical notes.
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