LOCAL NEWS IN BRIEF
A YOUNG man admitted to robbing another of his laptop computer in the Suva Magistrates Court on Tuesday. Fabiano Ligavai pleaded guilty to robbery after he opted to waive his right to legal representation. The police prosecution told the court they needed time to get the summary of facts. The accused's bail was extended and the case will be called again on February 3 for facts and mitigation.
A MAN was warned the court would not hesitate to put him in remand if he did not appear in court. Eroni Baleinukuloa appeared in the Suva Magistrates Court in relation to his bail. The court granted him bail but told him he had a matter in the Nadi Court which he needed to appear for. He was warned not to miss any court dates.
A TAXIDRIVER who pleaded guilty to careless driving has asked the court to be lenient with him. Ashil Prasad admitted the charges and told the court he drove to support his family. He told the court he was sorry. Prasad has been convicted of a similar offence before. He will be sentenced later.
THERE will be no bail for a man who allegedly lied to people and took their money. John Muhammad was denied bail as he had no surety and no fixed residential address. It is alleged he pretended to be a houseowner and took money from people in exchange for the house. The case will be called in two weeks.
A MAN on the run since December 17 told the Suva Magistrates Court he did not appear in court because he had heard the wrong date. Viliame Burisiga, charged with theft, told the court he had heard the date to be 27 instead of 17. The court ordered the accused be taken to Legal Aid to get assistance.
A RESTRAINING order was issued for a man who allegedly assaulted his wife. Akesh Goundar, brought in from Sigatoka, was told the charges were serious and the order was needed to protect the complainant. The court reminded the accused that failing to adhere to the order would eventuate in his arrest.
A LAWYER for two accused people was told his clients would have to pay costs to the State prosecution for asking for an adjournment just when the trial voire dire was to start. The State prosecution said they had 12 police officers waiting outside the courtroom and to adjourn the matter would mean unnecessary cost for them. The cost was ordered and the case will be called next month.