A MAN charged with aggravated burglary and theft was told by High Court judge Justice Paul Madigan he would have to forego band practice because he would be remanded.
Josefa Naitivi's case was transferred to the High Court from the Nasinu Magistrates Court.
Justice Madigan, in remitting the case back to the Magistrates Court, explained to Mr Naitivi that he had a busy calendar for the year.
"If this case will be heard before me, it will take a year before I can look at the case," Justice Madigan said.
"That is why I will send it back to the Nasinu Magistrates Court.
"It will only take them about six months to deal with the case.
"They will deal with it much faster than the case being dealt with in the High Court."
Mr Naitivi requested bail on the grounds that he was a member of the National Youth Band and needed time to attend band practice.
Justice Madigan informed the accused he would need to make his bail application before the presiding magistrate in the Nasinu court; in the meantime, he would be remanded in custody.
"You will temporary forego band practice. You will make your bail application in two weeks time."
The matter has been adjourned to October 28.