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Judge dismisses appeal

Mere Naleba
Friday, December 07, 2012

HIGH Court judge Prabaharan Kumararatnam yesterday dismissed an application made by a man who filed an application for costs against the State.

Judge Kumararatnam found there was no merit on the grounds of appeal by Eparama Mani.

Mani was charged with one count of aggravated robbery and was found guilty by the assessors, however, the court over-ruled the guilty verdict and acquitted Mani.

Mani filed a notice of motion seeking compensation to costs and damage.

He appealed on the grounds that he was detained for two years and was wrongfully confined. The court found out that the delay of the trial was mostly caused by Mani who insisted on legal representation. State counsel Lisiate Fotofili added Mani failed to mention he was a serving prisoner.

"Though the applicant was acquitted after a full trial, I conclude that the proceedings were not unreasonably brought against him. Further, State has not contributed any unreasonable delay in this matter," Judge Kumararatnam said.

Mani has 30 days to appeal.