Al­leged ar­son­ist fronts court

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A35-year-old labourer ap­peared at the Nadi Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day charged with one count of ar­son. Ki­tione Lave Lotawa ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Serumi Turaga. The court heard that the ac­cused al­legedly set a fire at his neigh­bour’s house on May 26 at Navakai in Nadi. Mag­is­trate Turaga asked Lotawa if he un­der­stood the count he was be­ing charged with. He said he un­der­stood. The ac­cused pleaded not guilty and had opted for Le­gal Aid Com­mis­sion rep­re­sen­ta­tion. Sergeant Pe­celi Her­itage, who rep­re­sented the Po­lice pros­e­cu­tion, asked the court to de­cline bail due to the se­ri­ous­ness of the of­fence. Lotawa’s Le­gal Aid lawyer said his client had ap­plied for bail on the grounds that he de­nied the al­le­ga­tions against him. Mag­is­trate Turaga said it was an in­dictable of­fence and he trans­ferred the mat­ter to the High Court. Mag­is­trate Turaga re­manded the ac­cused, who will be called in High Court in Lau­toka on June 8 for men­tion.

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