A FAMILY of five who appeared before magistrate Chaitanya Lakshman charged with a count each of accessory after the fact were denied bail yesterday.
Soloveni Tabana, 48, Eferemi Bainivesi, 29, Amenatave Kamanalagi, 24, Ana Latu, 20, and Litiana Bale, 49, requested bail on the grounds that they had young children to look after.
Mr Tabana said he had three children in classes seven and five and a five-year-old child at home, and that he needed to be at home when school starts today.
The other four accused voiced similar sentiments as their grounds for bail.
However, divisional police prosecutor Mohamed Yunus objected, saying the principal offender is still at large.
He said the offender, Ledua Gudru, was Mr Tabana's step son.
Mr Yunus told Mr Lakshman: "Sir, we feel if they are released on bail, Gudru will try and make contact with them."
The court heard that about $73,000 in cash and items were stolen during a robbery in Samabula last week but only about $44,000 worth of items were recovered and that the cash remained missing.
In rejecting bail, Mr Lakshman told the accused persons to help police locate Mr Gudru.
"If your family and friends are here in court, tell them to try and locate the alleged principal offender," Mr Mr Lakshman said.
"The police need him to assist them with the investigation. He can surrender himself to the nearest police station or be brought in by any other family member who is willing to help you people."