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Raiwaqa murder case transferred to High Court, woman released on bail

The case of the 44-year-old man and 62-year-old woman who were charged in relation to the murder of a 48-year-old man in Raiwaqa has been transferred to the High Court. However, 62-year-old Reshma Devi of Samabula has released on bail, her sureties are to pay $1000 each. Devi appeared before Magistrate Shageeth Somaratnee at the Suva […]

Staff Writers

June 8, 2016 4:00 pm

The case of the 44-year-old man and 62-year-old woman who were charged in relation to the murder of a 48-year-old man in Raiwaqa has been transferred to the High Court.

However, 62-year-old Reshma Devi of Samabula has released on bail, her sureties are to pay $1000 each.

Devi appeared before Magistrate Shageeth Somaratnee at the Suva Magistrates Court this afternoon, while 44-year-old Samson Lal appeared this morning.

Legal Aid Commission Defence lawyer Anil Chand told the court that the bail application for Samson Lal will be done on a later date after they have received disclosures from Prosecution.

Police Prosecutor Josua Shaw objected to bail because of their safety.

Magistrate Somaratnee told Devi to report to the Samabula Police Station four (4) times in a week following her release.

Magistrate Somaratnee also told Devi to also abide by the following requirements:

  • Report to Samabula Police Station on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
  • To surrender passport and all travel documents
  • Do not re-offend
  • Do not interfere with witnesses.

Magistrate Somaratnee said Devi’s case will be transferred to the High Court for mention on the 17th of  June.

However, Lal has been further remanded in custody until the 17th of June, 2016.

A 44-year-old man and a 62-year-old woman charged in relation to the murder of a 48-year-old man in Raiwaqa appeared at the Suva Magistrates Court this afternoon.

Samson Lal and Reshma Devi outside the Suva Magistrates Court this afternoon. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)
Samson Lal and Reshma Devi outside the Suva Magistrates Court this afternoon. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)

Samson Robinesh Lal and Reshma Devi are both charged for their involvement in the murder of Lamuel Dass of Jittu Estate, Raiwaqa.

Lal of Nadera has been charged with one count of “Murder” while Reshma Devi of Samabula has been charged with one count of “Accessory” after the fact of murder.

The defence lawyer informed the court that she will be representing until they receive legal assistance. She also said that had been instructed to appeal for bail.

Police Prosecution objected to bail of the accused persons for their safety.

Magistrate Shageeth Somaratnee said that the two accused can lodge their bail applications today.

Magistrate Somaratnee adjourned the matter tomorrow for a bail hearing.

The two accused have remanded in custody.

Two people have been charged for their alleged involvement in the death of 48-year-old Lamuel Dass.

In a statement, Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said a 44-year-old man of Nadera has been charged with one count of “Murder” while a 62-year-old woman of Samabula has been charged with one count of “Accessory” after the fact of murder.

Both accused will be produced at the Suva Magistrates Court today.

Police are requesting for information that could assist investigators looking into the murder of a 48-year-old man in his Jittu Estate home.

Lamuel Dass was found dead at his home on Saturday last week.

Police Spokesperson Ana Naisoro said Police investigators are trying to put information together.

NAISORO: “Investigators are trying to piece together what transpired between the time he was last seen at Sese street Samabula on Saturday morning at about 1am to the time he was discovered in his Jittu Estate home later the same day.”

Anyone with information is kindly requested to call Crime Stoppers on 919 or 8901667.

Police are investigating the death of a 48-year-old man of Jittu Estate in Raiwaqa who was found dead at his home yesterday.

Police spokesperson Inspector Josaia Weicavu said the case was being treated as a murder case.

WEICAVU: “We are treating the case as ‘Murder’ as visible injuries were found on the deceased.”

Inspector Weicavu said the matter was reported to police by the uncle of the deceased.

The post-mortem is yet to be conducted as investigations are still underway.

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