Two in court for sac­ri­lege

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Two youths, charged with sac­ri­lege, have been re­manded by the Nadi Mag­is­trates Court.

Ropate Nav­i­ta­lai, 20, and Api­sai Temo, 19, ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Chan­dani Dias in a spe­cial court sit­ting yes­ter­day. The two are charged with two counts of sac­ri­lege and one count of theft. The court heard on Oc­to­ber 25 and Oc­to­ber 26 the two un­law­fully en­tered the tem­ple be­long­ing to Avi­nesh Prasad and Bim­lesh Prasad in Nadi. They al­legedly took $345. Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor, Cor­po­ral Ana Matani­wai, told the court that some of the money had been re­cov­ered. She told the court on Oc­to­ber 13, the two un­law­fully took as­sorted items mainly clothes and shoes val­ued at $703 that be­longed to Shobna Ku­mar. Only $503 worth of items were re­cov­ered by Po­lice. The two un­der­stood the charges and they will seek Le­gal Aid coun­sel. Mag­is­trate Dias re­manded them at the Natabua Corrections fa­cil­ity and to ap­pear on Novem­ber 14 for men­tion.

Re­manded for al­leged theft

In a sep­a­rate spe­cial sit­ting, a 33-year-old man of Sau­naka ap­peared for al­leged theft be­fore Mag­is­trate Chandni Dias. The ac­cused, Waisake Naquto, is charged with one count of theft. The court heard dur­ing the pe­riod of August and Septem­ber he un­law­fully dis­placed a to­tal of 10 goats val­ued at $2100 from his em­ployer Mo­hammed Iqbal. He has been re­manded in cus­tody.The ac­cused will ap­pear again on Novem­ber 14. Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Photo: Waisea Nasokia

At Nadi court yes­ter­day, (from left): Sac­ri­lege ac­cused Api­sai Temo, Ropate Nav­i­ta­lai, a Po­lice of­fi­cer and Waisake Naquto, who faced an un­re­lated theft charge.

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