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Appeal dismissed

Mere Naleba
Wednesday, June 04, 2014

A MAN convicted of one count of robbery with violence, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and murder had his appeal against conviction dismissed.

Filimoni Vetau appealed on the grounds that the trial judge failed to conduct a voir dire hearing to determine if the accused gave his statement to police voluntarily.

His appeal was dismissed on the ground that errors in law in the summing up of the case did not assist him.

The coram consisting of Justice William Calanchini, Justice Paul Madigan and Justice V.K Malalgoda told Vetau the errors made were in "respect of the legal status after trial of his two co-accused and no proper direction could have taken away the indisputable evidence that he alone was responsible for the unlawful acts occasioned to the driver, which were the cause of his death and which by his own admissions in his caution interview were to kill the driver".

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