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Breastfeed in custody, mum told

Shalveen Chand
Friday, January 24, 2014

THE Suva Magistrates Court has granted a young woman the right to breastfeed her seven-month infant in police custody.

Karalaini Tuitubou is charged with 16 counts, offences which include impersonation, theft and causing a loss.

The prosecution had asked the court to remand Ms Tuitubou at the Central Police Station for the next seven days as investigators were in the process of laying more charges.

Ms Tuitubou told the court she had a seven-month-old child who needed to be breastfed.

The police prosecution told the court Ms Tuitubou was previously allowed to leave once during questioning, but after that the police had to look for her when she didn't return.

The court was told it would be an expensive affair for the police to keep looking for the accused.

Magistrate Sufia Hamza remanded Ms Tuitubou.

The charges read to Ms Tuitubou in court included impersonation.

She allegedly impersonated a Lelea Adimaiwasa and went to BSP, Carpenters Finance, Courts and Handy Finance, and allegedly took either cash or items from these places.

Ms Tuitubou told the court she understood the charges.

After her legal rights were explained to her, Ms Tuitubou said she would seek the help of the Legal Aid Commission.

Her case will be called again next month.

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