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Man in court for drug theft

Shalveen Chand
Thursday, January 30, 2014

A MAN fronted court yesterday in relation to the theft of drugs from the High Court exhibit room in Suva.

Feroz Khan, 53, is charged with a count of possession of illicit drugs.

Mr Khan, who was in custody, was told by magistrate Makareta Mua the charge against him was serious.

She deferred Mr Khan's plea so he could get legal assistance.

On the issue of bail, the police prosecution objected to bail, saying Mr Khan had been previously convicted for absconding bail and that the offence was serious.

Mr Khan told the court he had two sureties and asked to be placed under strict bail conditions.

He said he ran a canteen at Toorak in Suva and was just three minutes away from the Toorak Police Post.

He added he had reformed and had a wife and child to look after and that he was physically challenged as well.

Ms Mua, in her ruling, said she noted what the accused said but she could not disregard Mr Khan's previous convictions.

She said she was mindful that Mr Khan was innocent until proven otherwise.

Application for bail was turned down and Mr Khan was remanded until February 12.

Meanwhile, three other people who were taken into custody in relation to the drug theft have been released by the police.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said the investigation into the matter was continuing.