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Judge orders joint trial for suspects

Mere Naleba
Saturday, January 19, 2013

A 17-YEAR-OLD juvenile accused of murdering a man at Nanuku Settlement in Vatuwaqa will not have a separate trial from his adult accomplices because of the seriousness of the offence.

The three men and the minor are alleged to have caused the death of a 37-year-old carpenter. They have been further remanded in custody.

The four accused persons appeared before High Court judge Justice Paul Madigan.

The men asked for bail with the court informing them their bail applications would be reviewed next Tuesday.

DPP lawyer Leba Koto had asked for three weeks to prepare and file information and disclosures.

Ms Koto told the court she was only given the files of the accused persons late on Wednesday and needed time to prepare information.

The accused will reappear next Tuesday.