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Man refused bail to check plantation

Shalveen Chand
Thursday, January 23, 2014

A MAN who was alleged to have struck another on the arm with a cane knife has been told that wanting to check on his cassava plantation was not reason enough for bail.

Ratu Poasa Tuinakelo is charged with act with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Appearing in the High Court in Suva yesterday, Ratu Poasa's mental state was questioned.

The State prosecution informed the court that police officers in the remand section had asked for a check on the accused's state of mind.

Justice Paul Madigan asked Ratu Poasa if he knew what he was in court for.

He replied that he had struck his uncle on the arm with a knife. He was told that his actions were quite serious.

Ratu Poasa responded that he acted out of self defence as his uncle was about to hit him on the head with firewood.

When asked if he had any problems, Ratu Poasa said the pills he was taking was causing him to be drowsy.

He added the pills were for his mental condition and he assumed that the pills were for the repair of his central nervous system.

Justice Madigan said he was issuing an order for him to be taken to St Giles so he could be treated and he wouldn't have to rely on the pills.





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