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‘Serial Robber’ makes first appearance in court

A self-employed man from Nasinu believed to have been involved in a series of robberies had his case transferred to the High Court yesterday. Eparama Nalaga, 38, appeared before Magistrate Jioji Boseiwaqa yesterday charged with four counts of aggravated robbery and one count of theft. Police say Mr. Nalaga was involved in: Jan 3: A robbery at […]

Calvin Prasad

January 13, 2016 8:31 am

A self-employed man from Nasinu believed to have been involved in a series of robberies had his case transferred to the High Court yesterday.

Eparama Nalaga, 38, appeared before Magistrate Jioji Boseiwaqa yesterday charged with four counts of aggravated robbery and one count of theft.

Eparama Nalaqa has been remanded in custody and due to appear in court on Jan. 22,  Photo: CFL
Eparama Nalaqa has been remanded in custody and due to appear in court on Jan. 22, Photo: CFL/Google.

Police say Mr. Nalaga was involved in:

  • Jan 3: A robbery at a service station in Nasinu
  • Jan 6: Robbing a businessman along Stinson Parade in Suva, involving more than $3000 cash
  • Jan 6: Robbery at a Kava shop in Nabua, involving cash and assorted items worth over $700

All charges of aggravated robbery were transferred to the High Court. There was a deferment of plea for the charge of theft as the prosecution needed time to serve disclosures on the accused.

Prosecution objected to bail saying Mr. Nalaga was a habitual offender:

The accused has 20 similar previous convictions since 1997 and there is a high chance of Mr Nalaga absconding bail if so granted.

Mr Nalaga has been further remanded in custody, and advised to apply for bail in the High Court on January 22.

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