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30-year-old charged with manslaughter appears in High court

April 26, 2019 2:06 pm

A 30-year-old man who allegedly caused the death of two women in Valelevu, Nasinu last year appeared at the Suva High court today.

Viliame Ratoto is charged with two counts of manslaughter and one count of breach of zero alcohol limit and one count of disobedience of lawful order.

On the first count of manslaughter, it’s alleged that on September 16, Ratoto engaged in a conduct by driving a motor vehicle in a manner which was reckless and caused serious harm to Archana Amrita Chand, which resulted in her death.

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For the second count, on the same day, Ratoto allegedly drove the vehicle along Kanace Road in Valelevu in a manner which was dangerous to the public having regard to all the circumstances of the case, as a result caused bodily injuries to 35-year-old Anjula Chand, resulting in her death as well.

He is also alleged to have caused bodily injuries to Privasinal Chand and allegedly had a concentration of 1562.2 milligrams of alcohol in his blood which was in excess of the prescribed limit.

For the last count, he allegedly breached the order of the Nasinu Magistrates court in which he was disqualified from driving for 6 months.

The matter was called for pre-trial conference today but was adjourned to June.

 

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