LOCAL NEWS IN BRIEF
A YOUNG man convicted of absconding bail was told to spend two weeks in remand and ensure that he had a surety when the case is called again. Sikeli Tulavo, 21, told the court he was sorry for his actions. The court said he would only be allowed bail if he could get his father to court for surety.
Court fines men
TWO men were told that by the Suva Magistrates Court that they could have an expensive time in prison if the two failed to pay their fines to court. Asaeli Volavola and Isei Maucaka were fined a $100 each for not turning up to court. They told the court they had to take Volavola's sister to St Giles Hospital. If the two fail to pay their fines, they risk 10 days in jail.
15 days in jail
A MAN told the Suva Magistrates Court that he was choosing jail time because he could not afford to pay a $150 fine. Aisake Qiokata was produced to court after a committal warrant was issued. He told the court he was unemployed and could not pay the fine. He was told to spend 15 days in prison.
A YOUTH who allegedly stole a can of corned beef and $50 in coins was ordered to stay within the boundaries of his village in Tailevu. Waisea Vasunituraga told the court he understood the charges that were read to him and wanted Legal Aid assistance. The court granted him bail on the condition he stayed at his Naivurevure Village.
A MAN charged with assaulting a police officer was granted bail. Jeba Silasila is alleged to have assaulted a police officer in Makoi, Nasinu. After his charges were read him, the accused opted to take the help of the Legal Aid Commission. He was granted bail and told that his case will be called on January 14 at the Nasinu Magistrates Court.
A MAN charged with attempted rape has been ordered not to interfere with the witnesses or complainants. Alvin Prasad was granted bail after his first court appearance. He told the court he understood the charges but deferred his plea to get legal assistance. His case will be called in the Nasinu court on January 14.
A MAN was reminded what the domestic violence restraint order meant after he was produced in the Suva Magistrates Court for violating the order placed on him. Mohammed Yasin Khan was told that speaking in an abusive tone to the complainant was a violation. He was granted bail and told to stay away from the complainant.