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Have Counsel On Board Next Date, Murder Accused Told

It is alleged that the accused assaulted his daughter’s 19-year-old partner, Saimoni Virai at Vatukacevaceva Village in Ra last month where he allegedly sustained serious injuries, allegedly resulting in his death.
28 Sep 2022 17:00
Have Counsel On Board Next Date, Murder Accused Told
Maika Bavou escorted by Police officers at the High Court in Lautoka on September 27, 2022. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

A Rakiraki man, who is alleged to have killed his daughter’s partner last month, was told by a High Court Judge to have his counsel on board when he makes his next court appearance.

Maika Bavou, 54, was not present for first call at the High Court in Lautoka on September 6 because he had only received one COVID-19 vaccine jab.

He appeared before Justice Riyaz Hamza yesterday after telling the court he had received both vaccine jabs. The accused is charged with one count of murder.

 

It is alleged that the accused assaulted his daughter’s 19-year-old partner, Saimoni Virai at Vatukacevaceva Village in Ra last month where he allegedly sustained serious injuries, allegedly resulting in his death.

He was also alleged to have staged the crime scene to make it appear as a suicide. He opted for private counsel.

Justice Hamza questioned the accused whether he had contacted a private counsel. He responded telling the court he did have the time to call one, but he would undertake to do so by the next date.

 

State lawyer, Taitusi Tuenuku sought 14 days to file the information and disclosures. Mr Tuenuku said the prosecution had a copy of the accused’s bail application.

Justice Hamza again questioned the accused on when he was taken into custody. The man told the court that it was last month, but he couldn’t recall the exact date.

He also asked the accused who would stand as surety. The accused said his sister and brother- in-law.

Justice Hamza told the accused to have his counsel present on the next date as the information submitted was inadequate.

The matter has been adjourned to October 12 for mention. The accused was further remanded.

 

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