Mag­is­trate trans­fers case af­ter declar­ing con­flict of in­ter­est

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The case of a woman charged with ob­tain­ing money through fi­nan­cial ad­van­tage was re-al­lo­cated yes­ter­day af­ter Suva Mag­is­trate Waleen Ge­orge de­clared her pre­sid­ing over the case was a con­flict of in­ter­est. Mag­is­trate Ge­orge said the ac­cused Louise Steele was re­lated to her and re-al­lo­cated the case back to the Chief Mag­is­trate’s court. De­fense lawyer Aseri Vakaloloma pre­sented the court with med­i­cal re­ports of Steele in­di­cat­ing her health is­sues and re­quest­ing for bail. Mag­is­trate Ge­orge granted bail and gave Steele bail con­di­tions to not to of­fend, not to in­ter­fere with the pros­e­cu­tions wit­ness, re­port to Nas­inu Po­lice sta­tion ev­ery last Mon­day once in a month from 6am to 6pm. The mat­ter has been ad­journed to June 2.

Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

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