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Kill suspects in court

Mere Naleba
Monday, January 07, 2013

THE three men and a juvenile alleged to have murdered a 37-year-old construction worker at Nanuku settlement in Vatuwaqa will have their case heard this week in the High Court in Suva.

Samuela Vakaruru, 31, Semi Finau, 21, and Meli Bativia, 21, appeared before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili.

However, the juvenile did not appear with the three accused.

A Legal Aid lawyer representing the four told the court the minor would appear later as he was still at a police station when their case was called on Friday.

The 17-year-old appeared before Magistrate Ratuvili an hour later.

"The matter will be heard in the High Court once the legal vacation is over," Magistrate Ratuvili told the three accused.

It is alleged the four assaulted the deceased while he was asleep in his sister's house at Nanuku settlement in Vatuwaqa.

The four men had accused the deceased of trying to steal a radio.

The deceased developed breathing complications after the alleged assault and was taken to the CWM Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The matter has been adjourned to January 18.





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