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Woman Accused Of Harbouring Escaped Prisoner Denied Bail

It is alleged that Tupali escaped from the Colonial War Memorial (CWM) Hospital last Sunday and was harboured by Ravouvou at her home in Wailea Settlement.
30 Sep 2022 10:07
Woman Accused Of Harbouring Escaped Prisoner Denied Bail
Asenaca Ravouvou outside the Magistrates Court in Suva on September 29, 2022. Photo: Ashna Kumar

A 32-year-old woman who is accused of harbouring escaped prisoner Lemeki Tupali has been remanded in custody by the Magistrates Court in Suva.

Asenaca Ravouvou appeared before Magistrate Seini Puamau on Thursday.

She is charged with one count of harbouring a prisoner contrary to Section 52 (3) of the Corrections Act 2006.

It is alleged that Tupali escaped from the Colonial War Memorial (CWM) Hospital last Sunday and was harboured by Ravouvou at her home in Wailea Settlement.

 

Tupali was arrested by the joint Task Force comprising the Fiji Police Force and the Fiji Corrections Service on Wednesday.

Police Prosecutor, Sergeant Shailend Prasad objected to Ravouvou’s bail on the grounds that the case against her was strong as there were admissions made by her that she had knowledge of Tupali being a prisoner and escaped from custody.

He said the charge Ravouvou faced was serious and there was direct evidence of her alleged involvement.

 

Ravouvou told the court that Tupali went to her house when she was not home and upon seeing him, she asked him to go away because she was worried about her family’s welfare.

She said she had two small children and sought for the court’s forgiveness. She added that she was scared when Tupali turned up at her house.

Magistrate Puamau said the charges were serious and due to the state having a strong case, it was not in the interest of justice to grant bail at this stage. The matter has been adjourned for mention to check on the Legal Aid Commission’s representation on October 13.

 

Story by: Ashna Kumar

Feedback: ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj



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