Court de­nies bail for ac­cused on mul­ti­ple mur­der charges

Judge says he has no his­tory of ab­scond­ing bail.

Fiji Sun - - NATION - ILAIJIA RAVUWAI Edited by Ivamere Nataro

The High Court in Suva has de­nied bail for a 47-yearold man charged with mul­ti­ple counts of mur­der.

Sai­mum Dean ap­peared be­fore Jus­tice Daniel Goundar via Skype at the Labasa High Court. He is charged with one count of ar­son, four counts of mur­der and one count of at­tempted mur­der.

Jus­tice Goundar said the cir­cum­stances and na­ture of the al­le­ga­tions were se­ri­ous and the pros­e­cu­tion’s case was strong. Jus­tice Goundar said there was some ev­i­dence of com­mu­nity ten­sion at Be­nau where the al­leged in­ci­dent oc­curred and that cru­cial pros­e­cu­tion wit­nesses were from the com­mu­nity. “Al­though the ac­cused has no his­tory of ab­scond­ing bail, se­ri­ous charges against him arose while he was on bail on an il­licit drug charge,” he said.

The case con­tin­ues.

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