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Businessman on murder charge remains in custody

Mere Naleba
Friday, November 30, 2012

AN Asian businessman has been further remanded in custody.

Kang Ping Bian is charged with one count of accessory after the fact of murder.

His lawyer asked the court to give him time to apply for bail but this was objected to by the prosecution because of fear he could interfere with witnesses.

Mr Bian, a manager of a fishing company, has been in custody since Monday after voluntarily surrendering himself.

His lawyer told the court his client was not actively involved in the murder crime in question and that his only fault was calling a meeting and instructing those in attendance not to co-operate with the police.

His lawyer said the accused was a sole breadwinner and he had a wife and a five-year-old child to support apart from his employees who depended on him for their welfare.

The DPP lawyer objected to this bail application, saying the accused could interfere with witnesses as some of them were his workers and that investigations were pending.

Mr Bian's lawyer then clarified none of the witness were directly employed by his client and that his client was willing to surrender all his travel documents and provide a surety to the court. The lawyer highlighted Mr Bian was a first offender and that all the witnesses had already given statements to the police.

Mr Bian is in court after a 39-year-old Chinese man, a crew member of a fishing vessel, was rushed to Suva Private Hospital complaining of shortness of breath. The man was pronounced dead on arrival.

The case has been adjourned to Monday.