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Five out on bail

Shalveen Chand
Friday, June 27, 2014

FIVE Nauruan students charged with the murder of Tongan university student Sione Tufui were granted bail by the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday.

Julian Henrish, Jamason Agir and Bouncer Keppa, all 19 years old, took the dock separately while the two juveniles had their proceedings in a closed court.

Nauru High Commissioner Jarden Kephas was told that he could not be a surety in the case because he had diplomatic immunity.

However, the court said the Nauruan Government could assist the court.

During the bail hearing, the defence counsels for the accused told the court that Mr Kephas would be a surety and the Nauruan Government would ensure the five youths do not enter Nauru.

The court was told that the accused were high school students who were doing their exams and if kept in remand, their education would be in jeopardy.

The counsels said the five went to different schools, most of them in the Western Division and they would not be able to interfere with prosecution witnesses.

Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili allowed bail on strict conditions that the five produce sureties when they appear in the High Court, and report to their nearest police station every Saturday.

The court ordered them to surrender their travel documents and a stop departure order was issued.

The court also placed a curfew on the five.

They are to stay in their place of residence from 6pm to 6am daily.

The five accused are alleged to have beaten Sione Tufui to his death outside a Suva nightclub last Saturday morning.

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