Pa­tient 9 to be Ques­tioned by Po­lice Once Cleared

High Court to rule on for­mer teacher’s ap­peal case against her sus­pended sen­tence

Fiji Sun - - NATION - Sylvia Kaur Singh out­side the Suva Court House. Edited by Caro­line Ratu­cadra Edited by Caro­line Ratu­cadra Feed­back: ashna.ku­mar@fi­

The High Court in Suva will de­liver its judg­ment on May 25, in an ap­peal case of a for­mer teacher who was con­victed and handed a sus­pended sen­tence for as­sault­ing a stu­dent at the prom­i­nent pri­mary school in Suva. Sylvia Kaur Singh,40, ap­peared be­fore Judge Jus­tice Daniel Goundar yes­ter­day for the hear­ing of her ap­peal.

She was con­victed for the of­fence of as­sault caus­ing ac­tual bodily harm and handed a sen­tence of nine months’ im­pris­on­ment sus­pended for five years by the Mag­is­trates Court in Suva.

On July 19, 2018, at around 1.30pm, the com­plainant, a nine-year-old stu­dent of Gospel Pri­mary School,

The lat­est Po­lice raid in the North­ern Divi­sion has re­sulted in the dis­cov­ery of more than 200 plants be­lieved to be mar­i­juana.

The raid was con­ducted in the in­te­rior of the Loa Hills in Cakau­drove by of­fi­cers from Tukavesi.

Act­ing on a tip-off, the team raided the farm al­legedly be­long­ing to a 47-year-old farmer and up­rooted 205 plants be­lieved to be mar­i­juana. The sus­pect re­mains in cus­tody and the drugs will be sent for anal­y­sis. In a sep­a­rate raid, another team of of­fi­cers also based at the Tukavesi Po­lice Sta­tion ar­rested a 24-yearold farmer re­sid­ing at the Vu­ni­makosoi Set­tle­ment, Navou. was inside his class­room and giv­ing out the in­ter-house let­ters to his class­mates and was also play­ing with another class­mate when Singh walked in and al­legedly slapped the right cheek of the com­plainant.

Singh had al­legedly also pulled the front part of the com­plainant’s shirt and slapped his right cheek. The med­i­cal re­port pre­sented in the Mag­is­trates Court had shown a slight swelling of the right side of the face which was painful upon pal­pa­tion, a painful right eye when mov­ing eye­ball and pain in the up­per back upon pal­pa­tion.

Singh filed an ap­peal against the con­vic­tion and sen­tence.

Singh had ini­tially pleaded guilty to the of­fence and was sen­tenced to which she had ap­pealed at the High Court.

This was done af­ter he was al­legedly found with dried leaves be­lieved to be mar­i­juana wrapped in a sarong. The third case re­ported in the North­ern Divi­sion re­sulted in the ar­rest of a 32-year-old farmer of Matakunea, Savusavu.

He was al­legedly found with sa­chets of dried leaves be­lieved to be mar­i­juana. The sus­pect was searched by an of­fi­cer in Savusavu Town be­cause he was seen to be act­ing in a sus­pi­cious man­ner.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions con­tinue into th­ese cases.

Po­lice is en­cour­aged by the show of sup­port to­wards the on­go­ing ef­forts in curb­ing the il­le­gal drug trade. all

Po­lice Com­mis­sioner has con­firmed that Pa­tient 9 will also be in­ter­viewed by Po­lice.

Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho said in­ves­ti­ga­tors on Mon­day in­ter­viewed Pa­tient 1 af­ter he was cleared by the med­i­cal au­thor­i­ties af­ter com­plet­ing his sec­ond manda­tory quar­an­tine iso­la­tion.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tions were ear­lier put on hold re­gard­ing claims that he had given false in­for­ma­tion to of­fi­cials about his health sta­tus as in­ves­ti­ga­tors awaited med­i­cal clear­ance.

“He was in­ter­viewed at the Bor­der Po­lice Of­fice in Nadi and re­leased as in­ves­ti­ga­tions con­tinue. “Once cleared the same process will be fol­lowed for Pa­tient 9,” Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho said.

Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama in his state­ment last month said Pa­tient 9 be­came in­fected at a large re­li­gious gath­er­ing he at­tended while over­seas in In­dia.

He said upon re­turn­ing to

Fiji, the Pa­tient 9 spent five days in the Nabua Set­tle­ment, and he then made his way by boat to Vanua Levu.

He then trav­elled to his home in Soa­soa.

“This pa­tient did not de­clare any symp­toms when re­turn­ing from travel, and did not fol­low the di­rec­tive of en­ter­ing into gov­ern­ment­man­dated home quar­an­tine –– a com­pul­sory re­quire­ment for all those re­turn­ing to the coun­try from abroad that came into ef­fect on the 19th of March.

“Three days af­ter the di­rec­tive came into ef­fect, this in­di­vid­ual pro­ceeded to ig­nore it by hop­ping from Nadi to Suva to Labasa in the span of a week, po­ten­tially spread­ing COVID-19 via land, air, and sea over just a few days.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tors on Mon­day in­ter­viewed Pa­tient 1 af­ter he was cleared by the med­i­cal au­thor­i­ties af­ter com­plet­ing his sec­ond manda­tory quar­an­tine iso­la­tion, said Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Qil­iho

Mar­i­juana plants up­rooted by Po­lice dur­ing their raid in the North­ern Divi­sion.

Photo: Ashna Ku­mar

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