THE bus driver accused of causing the death of a passenger has been remanded in custody.
Salesh Kumar failed to turn up at his last call date and the prosecution requested he be issued a bench warrant which High Court judge Justice Salesi Temo allowed.
However, in court last Friday, DPP lawyer Lisiate Fotofili said the bench warrant was not executed by the police and that the accused voluntarily came to court.
"It doesn't mean that he came willing to court that his bail should be extended," Justice Temo said.
"He did not attend the last hearing without having a valid reason for not turning up.
"You do not want to test the High Court's authority.
"This is not the place where you can decide for yourself what dates you would like to attend court."
Mr Kumar pleaded not guilty to one count of manslaughter.
The court heard that on March 8 this year, Mr Kumar, while driving bus registration FX363, failed to slow the vehicle and caused the death of passenger Jone Vucago.
The matter has been adjourned to September 20.