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Murder-Accused US National Refused Bail

In his bail application, Dawson submitted that he is not in good health and had been prescribed some medication therefore he needed to consult a medical practitioner and take advice on certain medications.
15 Sep 2022 11:24
Murder-Accused US National Refused Bail
US National is escorted to the High Court in Lautoka on September 14,2022. Photo: Salote Qalubau

A US National charged with one count of murder was refused bail at the High Court in Lautoka yesterday. This is the case of US National, Bradley Robert Dawson, 38, who is charged with one count of murder.

Dawson is alleged to have murdered his wife, Christe Chen at the Turtle Island Resort in the Yasawa Islands on July 9.

High Court Judge, Justice Riyaz Hamza presided over the bail ruling and Dawson was represented by Iqbal Khan and Associates while the state was represented by Joeli Nasa.

 

In his bail application, Dawson submitted that he is not in good health and had been prescribed some medication therefore he needed to consult a medical practitioner and take advice on certain medications.

Dawson further submitted that he did not have any criminal matters or pending cases before the court of law in Fiji or any other country and that his mother residing in America was fully dependent on him therefore if he were remanded in custody she would suffer mentally but if he was granted bail, he would be able to keep in touch with her so that her health did not deteriorate.

 

The state objected to bail on the grounds that in the event of the accused being granted bail, he is highly unlikely to appear in court to answer the charge against him because he is charged with a serious offence of murder and if found guilty he is likely to be imposed a mandatory life sentence.

The state also objected to the two sureties proposed by Dawson, with the first surety stating that she was a family friend and the second surety stating the same and that she had known him for the past 6 years however both sureties had not provided any further details as to how they knew Dawson who only arrived in Fiji on July 7.

 

In his affidavit in support of bail Dawson submitted that if granted bail, he would reside with another American National who is said to be another family friend in Legalega, Nadi however during the bail hearing it emerged that the American National had a pending court case.

In his ruling Justice Hamza said it was highly unsatisfactory for Dawson to be residing with someone who is charged with a serious offence in the High Court in Lautoka.

The substantive matter will be heard on September 26 and Dawson was further remanded.

 

Feedback: salote.qalubau@fijisun.com.fj



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