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Khan awaits notice

Repeka Nasiko
Friday, February 01, 2013

THIRTY-three-year-old pilot Mohammed Rizwan Khan has been further remanded.

Mr Khan was detained at the Lautoka Corrections Centre after being charged with one count of failure to maintain arms in a safe and secure custody and one of manslaughter by negligence.

The charges come after the death of Mr Khan's nephew, six-year-old Mohammed Khubeb Salman Khan, who was killed when a 12-gauge marlin goose rifle discharged a bullet by accident on January 26. The incident also landed a 14-year-old in hospital with bullet wounds.

Making his first appearance at the High Court in Lautoka yesterday, the pilot was told by Justice Sitambarampillai Thurairaja a notice for a hearing for his bail application would only be given once the relevant documents were given from the remand centre.

Mr Khan's lawyer, Vishal Pillay revealed his intention to submit a bail application for his client but was told by Justice Thurairaja that he could only do so once the notice was given out.

Justice Thurairaja adjourned the case to February 21 for mention.

Meanwhile, Director of Public Prosecutions lawyer Seini Puamau revealed to the court that Mr Khan and his three nephews were allegedly out pigeon hunting in Sabeto when the incident happened.

Ms Puamau told the court Mr Khan was driving his nephews to a pigeon hunting area when the firearm fell to the floor of the vehicle. She said while picking up the rifle, Mr Khan's 10-year-old nephew allegedly pulled the trigger.

She said the bullet, which dispersed into shrapnel, lodged into the victim's neck and into the body of the 14-year-old. Ms Puamau confirmed their investigations were complete while a post mortem examination report had yet to be received.


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