Teen charged with rob­bery; Es­corted to Lau­toka for al­leged car­jack query

Vakacegu later es­corted to Lau­toka to be questioned for al­leged car­jack in­ci­dent at Kash­mir.

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - Charles Cham­bers / Ashna Ku­mar

Jemesa Vakacegu, 19, ap­peared yes­ter­day in the Nas­inu Mag­is­trates Court charged with ag­gra­vated rob­bery, un­law­ful wound­ing, re­sist­ing ar­rest and as­sault­ing a Po­lice of­fi­cer. Af­ter the court case, he was es­corted to Lau­toka to an­swer ques­tions re­lated to an un­re­lated al­leged car­jack­ing in­ci­dent at Kash­mir, Lau­toka, last week.

Ateenager ap­peared in the Nas­inu Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day charged with one count each of ag­gra­vated rob­bery, un­law­ful wound­ing, re­sist­ing ar­rest and as­sault­ing a Po­lice of­fi­cer who was ex­e­cut­ing his duty. Jemesa Vakacegu, 19, ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Su­fia Hamza. On the count for ag­gra­vated rob­bery, it is al­leged that on Septem­ber 18 in Nas­inu, an armed Vakacegu al­legedly robbed the com­plainant, Shiu Ram, of $2200 cash.

He also al­legedly stole as­sorted recharge cards val­ued at $1200, one mo­bile phone val­ued at $70 and as­sorted BH 10 val­ued at $165. Dur­ing the al­leged rob­bery, Vakacegu at­tacked and wounded the com­plainant with a knife and an iron rod. On Septem­ber 27, in Nas­inu, it is al­leged Vakacegu as­saulted a Po­lice of­fi­cer and re­sisted ar­rest. The court was ad­journed to Oc­to­ber 14 for men­tion.

Af­ter the court case in Nas­inu, Vakacegu was then es­corted to Lau­toka to be questioned for an al­leged car­jack­ing in­ci­dent at Kash­mir, Lau­toka, last week.

At least eight peo­ple were al­legedly in­volved.

One of the suspects, Ase­lai Waqani­valu, had ap­peared in the Lau­toka Mag­is­trates Court on Thurs­day charged with one count of ag­gra­vated rob­bery and three counts of theft. Two more suspects were caught in Suva, and one in Si­ga­toka. This brings to five the num­ber of peo­ple Po­lice have caught con­cern­ing this case. Po­lice spokesper­son Ana Naisoro said Po­lice in­tel­li­gence made quick work of the ar­rests. “The three, caught in Suva and Si­ga­toka, have al­ready been taken to Lau­toka for ques­tion­ing while the one who ap­peared in the Nas­inu Court will be taken down later,” Ms Naisoro said.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

Jemesa Vakacegu out­side the Nas­inu Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day.

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