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Bail for taxi robbery suspects

Nanise Loanakadavu
Thursday, February 28, 2013

FOUR men who robbed a taxidriver on Sunday at Edenville in Toorak have been released on bail with strict conditions.

Ramisei Kotobalavu, Josateki Vatuivei, Tamani Cama and a juvenile appeared before Magistrate Sufia Hamza yesterday charged with one count of aggravated robbery.

Police prosecutor Corporal Luke Qerewaqa told the court that the juvenile, a student of Nabua Secondary School, stopped the taxi in Suva City on Sunday morning.

The court heard that when the taxidriver stopped the juvenile called the other three accused who then requested the driver to take them to Toorak.

Corporal Qerewaqa said that upon reaching Toorak, one of the accused grabbed the driver from the back seat while the other three searched the taxi.

They stole $150, a taxi meter, a wallet and the driver's record book.

Cpl Qerewaqa said only the taxi meter was recovered by the police.

Ms Hamza ordered all four accused to report to the Nasinu Police Station every Saturday.

She also imposed a daily curfew on them from 6pm to 7am.

Ms Hamza transferred the matter to the High Court because of the seriousness of the offence.

The case has been adjourned to March 15.





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