Fiji Time: 7:23 PM on Monday 2 March

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Christmas in jail

Mere Naleba
Saturday, December 15, 2012

THE four accused persons in a human trafficking case will now spend Christmas and New Year in custody after High Court judge Justice Paul Madigan ordered that they be remanded in custody until sentencing.

An application made by fourth accused Jason Zong's lawyer, Gavin O'Driscoll for the court to grant bail to his client as he had provided two sureties, paid $10,000 bail bond, surrendered his passport to the court and that he had to attend to his farm was refused by Justice Madigan on Thursday.

Justice Madigan said the matter was a serious case and ordered the release of the bail money to the fourth accused.

Director of Public Prosecutions Office lawyer Seini Puamau objected to the bail submissions made by Mr O'Driscoll saying the penalty for the crime in question was 15 years maximum imprisonment term and asked the court to remand all four accused, and that any time spent in remand would weigh in their favour.

Three of the four accused, Phanat Laojindamanee, Lum Bing and Zhang Yong have been in custody since September 13 after being arrested by the immigration officials along with the three Thai women at their rooms at the Peninsula International Hotel.

Justice Madigan will hear sentencing submissions by defence lawyers Aseri Vakaloloma, Isireli Fa, Akuila Naco and Gavin O'Driscoll on January 21 next year.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Leap of faith
  2. Face for a book
  3. Father of taxi debate
  4. Villagers threaten crime committee
  5. Looking at the big picture in 7s rugby
  6. Delayed salaries
  7. Gas use worry chief
  8. $10 fine for breach
  9. Executive points out culprits
  10. Plans to retain medical specialists in future

Top Stories this Week

  1. Porn search: Fiji in top ten Friday (27 Feb)
  2. The last goodbye Tuesday (24 Feb)
  3. Dead in early morning plunge Friday (27 Feb)
  4. Wife's sorrow Wednesday (25 Feb)
  5. Bonus pay Tuesday (24 Feb)
  6. Body find shocks duo Thursday (26 Feb)
  7. 3 walk free Thursday (26 Feb)
  8. A mother's anguish Wednesday (25 Feb)
  9. Humongous sized lemon Thursday (26 Feb)
  10. Qiliho: RFMF's role is defined Wednesday (25 Feb)