In May, two of­fi­cers face se­ri­ous crime charges

One faces as­sault charges while the other on bribery and fal­si­fy­ing charges.

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Gov­ern­ment MP Ro­hit Ritesh Sharma (left), with wife Shrid­dhi Sonika Anand out­side the Nas­inu Mag­is­trates Court on June 2, 2020.

Gov­ern­ment Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, Ro­hit Ritesh Sharma, who al­legedly as­saulted his wife was yes­ter­day bailed with strict con­di­tions. Sharma was is­sued a re­strain­ing or­der, warned not to re­of­fend while on bail and or­dered to sur­ren­der his travel doc­u­ments. Sharma, 41, ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Sofia Hamza at the Nas­inua Mag­is­trates Court.

He is charged with one count of as­sault caus­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm.

He is al­leged to have as­saulted his wife caus­ing her harm on May 31, at Davuilevu in Nakasi. Sharma was also or­dered to fol­low an in­terim re­strain­ing or­der is­sued with stan­dard and non­mo­lesta­tion con­di­tions.

What hap­pened in court?

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Ga­jen­dra Prasad told the court that he had served the ac­cused with full phase of dis­clo­sures and that

they did not ob­ject to bail. How­ever, Mr Prasad said the ac­cused had to present cash bail bond, two suitable sureties, re­port­ing con­di­tions and to sur­ren­der his travel doc­u­ments. De­fence lawyer Ji­tend Reddy told the court that Sharma was ready with two sureties, who were his cousins.

The sureties both sworn on the Holy Ra­mayan and en­sured the court that they would oblige by their du­ties as the sureties. Mag­is­trate Hamza granted bail to Sharma and or­dered him to pay a cash bail of $1000.

She or­dered the two sureties to sign a bail bond of $500 each. Mag­is­trate Hamza also or­dered Sharma to sur­ren­der all his travel doc­u­ments and pass­port to the Nas­inu Court registry im­me­di­ately af­ter the case.

She also or­dered Sharma not to in­ter­fere with the pros­e­cu­tion wit­nesses nor to re­of­fend while on bail.

Mag­is­trate Hamza ini­tially or­dered Sharma to re­port to the Nakasi Po­lice Sta­tion ev­ery Satur­day.

How­ever, Mr Reddy told the court that the ac­cused was a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment and had meet­ings on Satur­days to at­tend due to his work port­fo­lio.

In re­ply, Mag­is­trate Hamza said she did not want to know what the ac­cused did for a liv­ing.

She then or­dered Sharma to re­port to the Nakasi Po­lice Sta­tion ev­ery Sun­day be­tween 8am and 5pm.

Out­side court

Out­side court, Mr Reddy said the com­plainant had writ­ten a with­drawal state­ment to sub­mit to the Po­lice. How­ever, it was not ac­cepted as Sharma was charged for the al­leged of­fence.

Mr Reddy also said that he would make le­gal sub­mis­sions for rep­re­sen­ta­tion to the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions to with­draw the case.

The case was ad­journed to Oc­to­ber 13 for a plea.

Gov­ern­ment MP Ro­hit Ritesh Sharma (left), with his lawyer Ji­tend Reddy out­side the Nas­inu Mag­is­trates Court on June 2, 2020.

Two Po­lice of­fi­cers were among the 36 peo­ple charged with a to­tal of 42 counts of sep­a­rate in­ci­dents in May, says the Of­fice of the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions (ODPP).

A 34-year-old Po­lice of­fi­cer was charged with one count of as­sault caus­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm to his 33-year-old wife while a 50-year-old Po­lice of­fi­cer was charged with re­ceiv­ing a bribe of $50 and fal­si­fy­ing a traf­fic ac­ci­dent re­port.

The data re­lates to the num­ber of for­mal in­dict­ments (In­for­ma­tion) filed in the High Courts of Fiji by the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions through­out the month.

This data is con­fined to al­leged in­ci­dents of se­ri­ous crimes other than sex­ual vi­o­lence of­fences, which are recorded and pub­lished sep­a­rately. The al­leged of­fences were mur­der (2), man­slaugh­ter aris­ing from breach of duty (1), ag­gra­vated rob­bery (7), rob­bery (1), ag­gra­vated bur­glary (11), bur­glary (1), theft (11), re­ceiv­ing stolen property (1), re­ceiv­ing a bribe (1), fal­si­fy­ing a doc­u­ment (1), as­sault caus­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm (2), act with in­tent to cause griev­ous harm (1), un­law­ful wound­ing (1) and un­law­ful cul­ti­va­tion of il­licit drugs (1).

Of the 36 ac­cused per­sons, one was a ju­ve­nile.

A 14-year-old boy was charged with one count of ag­gra­vated rob­bery. The ju­ve­nile al­legedly robbed a 20-yearold man of his mo­bile phone and cash worth $399.

There were 27 vic­tims of the 42 counts of sep­a­rate al­leged in­ci­dents. There were five al­leged in­ci­dents where the ac­cused and the vic­tims were re­lated.

A 69-year-old man was charged with the mur­der of an 82-year-old man. The ac­cused al­legedly hit the vic­tim caus­ing him to fall back and hit his head on the pave­ment, which re­sulted in his death.

In an­other al­leged in­ci­dent, a 21-year-old man was charged with the mur­der of a 40-year-old man.

The ac­cused al­legedly at­tacked the vic­tim with a cane knife be­cause he thought the vic­tim had stolen his mo­bile phone.

A 36-year-old man and a 32-yearold woman were charged with man­slaugh­ter aris­ing from breach of duty af­ter they left their five-year-old son un­su­per­vised, which re­sulted in his death af­ter sus­tain­ing burns from fall­ing into hot springs.

A 24-year-old woman was charged with an act with in­tent to cause griev­ous harm af­ter she poured boil­ing water over her 30-year-old de facto part­ner.

A 34-year-old man was charged with one count of as­sault caus­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm to his 32-year-old wife. There was one al­leged in­ci­dent where a 48-year-old man was charged with one count of un­law­ful wound­ing af­ter he al­legedly at­tacked his 26-year-old son with a cane knife. Cash and as­sorted items rang­ing from $20 to over $19,500 were al­legedly stolen dur­ing the ag­gra­vated rob­bery, ag­gra­vated bur­glary and theft of­fences, which con­sisted of home in­va­sions, shop and ser­vice sta­tion bur­glar­ies, day­light and night street rob­beries as well as ve­hi­cle rob­beries.

A 41-year-old man was charged with the un­law­ful cul­ti­va­tion of il­licit drugs. He al­legedly cul­ti­vated 10.3 kilo­grams of mar­i­juana.

Four cases were with­drawn af­ter dis­con­tin­u­ances (Nolle Prose­qui) were filed be­cause of in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence.

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