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Excused from court

Shalveen Chand
Thursday, April 24, 2014

THE High Court in Suva told a man jointly charged with aggravated robbery that he does not need to be in court until his lawyer was present.

Alipate Lesi is charged alongside Sitiveni Tuisamoa, Samuela Beeby and Peni Tuilaselase for an alleged robbery in Nakasi two years ago.

Justice Salesi Temo told Mr Lesi that for the fairness of justice and equality, he was excused until his lawyer was fit to come to court.

The court was informed the defence counsel had been sick and would be fit to start the month-long trial today.

Justice Temo excused the counsel's presence and told Mr Lesi the voir dire involving his challenge on the alleged confession would start once his lawyer came to court.

The four men have challenged the alleged confessions in the caution interview.

Although represented by different counsels, the four stated the alleged confession was derived forcefully.

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