High Court defers bail application for Labasa lawyer and accomplices

Amrit Sen is being escorted by police after his High Court bail hearing in Labasaon Thursday, June 23, 2022. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA

The High Court in Labasa yesterday deferred the hearing for the bail application of four people allegedly involved in the Nasikasika accident which claimed the life of Jone Rusiate, 49.

The accused — Amrit Sen, Shumedha Chand, Mustaqir Saif Khaiyum and Joji Bale — appeared separately before High Court Judge justice Aruna Aluthge.

However, they were represented by Abhay Singh who told the court that he applied for an early bail for Mr Sen based on medical grounds.

On June 20, the Magistrates Court referred the matter to the High Court for a June 30 hearing on their bail application.

Mr Singh said it involved a 10-day wait and he needed to make an early bail application.

He also told the court that Mr Sen was a victim in the alleged incident and only the media and social media had attacked him without knowledge of the facts.

However, Director of Public Prosecutions counsel Michelle Lomaloma told the court that the offences were serious and the case was of public interest.

She asked for time to respond to the bail application.

Mr Sen has been charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, one count of conspiracy, seven counts of act intended to cause grievous harm, two counts of criminal intimidation, one count of assault causing actual bodily harm and one count of damaging property.

For the remaining three, Ms Chand has been charged with act with intent to cause grievous bodily harm while Mr Khaiyum and Mr Bale have been charged with conspiracy.

Justice Aluthge granted more time to the DPP team and adjourned the case to June 28.

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