Two more drink driv­ing ac­cused front court

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Two more peo­ple were pre­sented be­fore a spe­cial court sit­ting yes­ter­day fac­ing drunk driv­ing re­lated charges. They were al­legedly in­volved in sep­a­rate in­ci­dents that took place last Satur­day.

SUVA MAG­IS­TRATES COURT

Ratu Jese Ri­nakama ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Jioji Bo­sei­waqa charged with drunk driv­ing. How­ever, Mag­is­trate Bo­sei­waqa re­cused him­self from the case be­cause he knew Ri­nakama. Mag­is­trate Bo­sei­waqa ad­journed the case to be heard be­fore Chief Mag­is­trate Usaia Ratuvili to­day. He also told Ri­nakama that he would then be able to ap­ply for bail. Pros­e­cu­tion, how­ever, told Mag­is­trate Bo­sei­waqa that they would be ob­ject­ing to bail be­cause it was a drunk driv­ing mat­ter. It is al­leged that Ri­nakama, a farmer at Makoi, Nas­inu, was found drunk and driv­ing along Waimanu Road in Suva by a Po­lice of­fi­cer last Satur­day. Ri­nakama has been fur­ther re­manded in cus­tody.

LAUTOKA MAG­IS­TRATES COURT

Anasa Bogi pleaded guilty to four counts of giv­ing false in­for­ma­tion to pub­lic ser­vants, one count to fail to un­dergo breath­a­lyzer test, one count of driv­ing with­out a valid driver’s li­cence and one count driv­ing with­out a third-party in­sur­ance pol­icy. He ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Rara­masi Salakubou. The court heard that Bogi was ar­rested last Satur­day at around 2am. He un­der­stood the four count charges and opted for a Le­gal Aid rep­re­sen­ta­tion. He also ad­mit­ted to the charges and pleaded guilty. Con­sta­ble Shelvin Sharma, who rep­re­sented the Po­lice, asked the court for Bogi to be re­manded in cus­tody be­cause of the se­ri­ous na­ture of the of­fence.

In mit­i­ga­tion Bogi asked for­give­ness from the court, is a sole bread win­ner and lives with his par­ents. Mag­is­trate Salakubou told Bogi about the dif­fer­ence be­tween a valid driv­ing li­cence and a valid learner’s per­mit. Bogi was re­leased on $500 bail. He will re-ap­pear on April 18 for sen­tenc­ing.

Anasa Bogi out­side the Lautoka Mag­is­trates Court.

Photo:

Li­tia Tikomailepanoni

Ratu Jese Ri­nakama out­side the Suva Mag­is­trates Court

yes­ter­day.

Photo:

Vil­iame Va­ganalau

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