Bur­glary Ac­cused Re­main In Re­mand

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Three men were fur­ther re­manded in cus­tody yes­ter­day af­ter ap­pear­ing in the High Court in Suva on ag­gra­vated bur­glary and theft charges. Ve­na­sio Saketa Cawi, Se­fanaia Bale and Ulutea Ro­gosia Toutou ap­peared be­fore Jus­tice Daniel Goundar rep­re­sented by Le­gal Aid lawyer Li­tiana Rati­dara.

On the first count of ag­gra­vated bur­glary be­tween April 9 and 10, 2016, the ac­cused men are al­leged to have un­law­fully en­tered an apart­ment in Pa­cific Har­bour be­long­ing to a 56-year-old busi­ness­woman with the in­ten­tion to com­mit theft. On the sec­ond count of theft they are al­leged to have stolen items worth $13,583 from the apart­ment. Cawi and Bale pleaded guilty to the charges while Toutou de­nied the charges.

Ms Rati­dara in­formed Jus­tice Goundar that Bale had ear­lier in­di­cated to her that he would deny the ag­gra­vated bur­glary and theft charges. How­ever, he was will­ing to plead guilty to a lesser charge of re­ceiv­ing the stolen items. Jus­tice Goundar then or­dered the three men to in­struct their lawyer about their plea so that she could con­firm the same to the court. State lawyer Su­jata Lod­hia said two lap­tops were re­cov­ered from Toutou and all the other items were re­cov­ered out­side the apart­ment.

She said the trio al­legedly re­moved lou­vre blades to get in­side the apart­ment be­fore mov­ing the stolen items from in­side the apart­ment to out­side and in the process were al­legedly in­ter­cepted by Po­lice and the items were re­cov­ered. She said $12,333 worth of items were re­cov­ered.

Ms Lod­hia told Jus­tice Goundar that they were all first of­fend­ers. How­ever, the State was yet to check whether they had pend­ing court mat­ters or not.

The case has been ad­journed to May 29, 2018, for mit­i­ga­tion. Edited by Epineri Vula

Photo: Fonua Talei

A Po­lice of­fi­cer es­cort­ing from left: Ve­na­sio Saketa Cawi, Se­fanaia Bale and Ulutea Ro­gosia Toutou to their cell block on May 17, 2018.

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