SIX MEN who allegedly robbed the Bank of South Pacific's (BSP) Samabula branch of $70,000 in September last year appeared before High Court judge Justice Salesi Temo yesterday. The court set a trial date for February 2015.
Tevita Sugu, Solomoni Qurai, Josaia Usumaki, Epeli Qaraniqio, Deshwar Dutt and Kunal Kishore Singh were allegedly involved in two separate robberies on September 18 and 19 last year.
The court heard that on September 18, the group allegedly entered the house of a businessman on Muanikau Rd in Nasese, Suva, and stole cash and items valued at $3900.
A day later, the men allegedly entered the BSP's Samabula branch and stole $70,000 in Fijian and foreign currencies.
DPP lawyer Lisiate Fotofili told the court he was considering a two-week trial and a week-long trial-within-a-trial.
Mr Fotofili said the state would rely on evidence from 30 witnesses and would need one and a half years to prepare for trial because he wanted to consolidate all pending but serious cases against all six men.
Legal Aid Commission lawyer Seremaia Savou, who is representing Sugu, Qurai, and Usumaki, said he was awaiting medical reports for his clients before filing for voir dire proceedings.
Qaraniqio's lawyer, Jolame Uludole, said his client was also challenging his caution interview as well as Romanu Vananalagi, who is representing Singh.
The matter has been adjourned to November 19.