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Not guilty plea
A MAN has pleaded not guilty to annoying a person. Emosi Radrodro appeared before Suva Magistrate Sufia Hamza yesterday charged with one count of criminal trespass and a second count of indecently annoying any person. The court heard that on May 20 this year, Mr Radrodro allegedly entered the compound of Mukesh Chand at Nacara St in Vatuwaqa with the intent to annoy the complainant. It also alleged Mr Radrodro verbally abused Mr Chand. Ms Hamza has set the hearing for September 11.
3 weeks' time
THE State has requested time to submit information for the voir dire hearing involving 60 workers of the Ministry of Public Utilities. The workers have been charged with causing loss by dishonesty. Defence submitted its grounds for a voir dire late last month. The State requested three weeks to produce the cell book, station diary, police officers notebook and the meal book. Suva Magistrate Yohan Liyanage adjourned the matter to August 21.
Benjamin Padarath has been further remanded by the Lautoka Magistrates Court and will remain at the Lautoka Corrections Centre remand facility. In court on Tuesday, Mr Padarath's lawyer Mere Vasiti requested a written ruling from Magistrate Sujeewa Nishanka who adjourned the case. Mr Padarath is charged with one count of stowing away. The 42-year-old's plea has also been deferred to a later date.