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Court orders medical examination for injured suspect

Mere Naleba
Friday, December 13, 2013

THE Suva Magistrates Court yesterday ordered that a remand inmate be medically examined at the hospital.

It also ordered that the inmate be taken to the Suva Remand Centre and not be returned to the Naboro Maximum Prison where he was brought from yesterday morning.

Magistrate Sufia Hamza made the orders for remand inmate Michael Scott who appeared before her with visible injuries on his body.

He is charged with one count of robbery with violence, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, abduction, wrongful confinement and larceny.

Mr Scott's lawyer Romanu Vananalagi from the Legal Aid Commission claimed in court his client was assaulted by three corrections officers while in remand.

Mr Vananalagi claimed the unnamed trio assaulted Mr Scott over two different days leaving the latter with a gash on his head, injuries to his ears, chest and knees.

He also asked the court to make an order that his client not be returned to the Naboro maximum facility.

"He is not a serving prisoner, he is a remand inmate and I feel that he should be kept at the Suva Remand Centre," Mr Vananalagi said.

The court then ordered that Mr Scott be remanded at the Suva Remand Centre.

Ms Hamza also ordered that medical reports be provided in court when the case is called again on Monday.