Phone thief sus­pect traced through CCTV

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AMag­is­trates Court in Nadi heard yes­ter­day that a 35-year- old un­em­ployed man charged with one count of theft was traced through CCTV footage.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Con­sta­ble Di­nesh Chand told the court presided by Mag­is­trate Siromi Turaga that Asaeli Maluwaikava al­legedly stole two phones worth $699 and $2199 from a Dig­i­cel Shop in Nadi town last Satur­day. Maluwaikava was traced through CCTV footage and later ar­rested in town, Con­sta­ble Chand said. He ob­jected to bail since Maluwaikava had five pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions. In mit­i­ga­tion Maluwaikava said he was go­ing to marry his part­ner who is two months preg­nant. He told the court he would not re­of­fend and had learnt his les­son. While the items had been re­cov­ered by Po­lice. Mag­is­trate Turaga said the ac­cused had five pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions and there was no guar­an­tee that he would re­of­fend. He is re­manded and will re-ap­pear at the Nadi Mag­is­trates Court on April 11 for sen­tenc­ing. Mean­while, a 28-year-old un­em­ployed man of Namo­to­moto Vil­lage in Nadi ap­peared in court charged with one count of walk­ing off with­out pay­ment. Napo­lioni Nawaqa told Mag­is­trate Siromi Turaga that he un­der­stood the charge, pleaded guilty and waived his right to be rep­re­sented by a lawyer.

In mit­i­ga­tion he apol­o­gised for his wrong do­ing, and ex­plained that he was sin­gle and un­em­ployed. Pros­e­cu­tor Con­sta­ble Di­nesh Chand told the court that Nawaqa last Fri­day al­legedly hired a taxi from Jet point, Mart­in­tar look­ing for a night­club. First he ar­rived with the taxi at the Af­ter Dark night­club, then later to NASA night­club in Na­maka only to be told that it was closed. In the same taxi he ended up at the Deep Sea night­club and ran off with­out pay­ing the $15 cab fare. The taxi driver re­ported the mat­ter to Po­lice and Nawaqa was ar­rested in­side the night­club. Mag­is­trate Turaga re­manded Nawaqa and he will re-ap­pear on April 8 for sen­tenc­ing.

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