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Murder suspects front court

Mere Naleba
Sunday, December 23, 2012

FOUR men charged with the alleged murder of a 37-year-old man at Nanuku settlement in Vatuwaqa will spend Christmas and New Year behind bars.

Samuela Vakaruru, Semi Finau, Meli Bativia and a juvenile appeared before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili and were remanded in custody until their next hearing date, January 4, 2013 where the matter would be transferred to the High Court.

Vakaruru, 31, Finau, 21, Bativia, 21 and the minor, a 17-year-old, are each charged with one count of murder.

Police prosecution had also asked that the matter be transferred to the High Court.

Mr Ratuvili ordered that the four men be remanded in custody until after the 14 days legal vacation.

The four, on Tuesday, had allegedly assaulted the deceased after accusations were levelled against the latter for trying to steal a radio from one of the accused person's house.

All the four accused and the deceased lived in the same neighbourhood.

The deceased developed breathing complications after the alleged assault, and was pronounced dead on arrival at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital.

In a separate case a man also appeared before Mr Ratuvili and was also remanded in custody.

A restraining order was issued against Veiyasi Kei who is in court facing domestic violence charges. Kei was told not to approach or try to make contact with the complainants and also to inform his family members of the court order.

"Even if you are in custody and one of your family members tries to approach the complainants, you be will charged with another count," Mr Ratuvili said.

The case has been adjourned to January 4, 2013 where it will be transferred to the High Court.





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