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Man to have Legal Aid help

Shalveen Chand
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A MAN whose lawyer failed to show up to court after two appearances has told the High Court in Suva he will settle for counsel from the Legal Aid Commission.

Mohhammed Mustafa Hakim charged with a sexual offence told the court he had paid $8000 to his lawyer for the entire duration of the trial but could not understand why his lawyer had not been to court.

Mr Hakim told the court he had been in remand for the past seven months.

Justice Paul Madigan asked Mr Hakim if he was content with the Legal Aid counsel, to which he replied he was.

Justice Madigan told the defence counsel Michael Fesaitu that Mr Hakim's trial was to start next week and he should get instruction as soon as possible.

Mr Fesaitu informed the court Mr Hakim's application was only approved a day prior to the court date.

State prosecution told the court there were a few anomalies regarding the statement of the interviewing officer and they would disclose the statement to the defence at the earliest date.

Justice Madigan questioned the prosecution why they could not disclose the statement to the defence yesterday as they had a short time to prepare for the trial.

Mr Hakim's trial starts on February 3.

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