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Apology will not compensate the time lost: Justice Rajasinghe

November 5, 2018 11:35 pm

The Suva High court today ordered a state lawyer to provide a comprehensive report on what steps she took to ensure the prime witnesses were in court as the trial date was set six months ago.

This was after the state lawyer informed High court Judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe two days before the trial that they were not able to locate three prime witnesses.

35-year-old Noa Ravutanasau and 25-year-old Melaci Tikomairarotoga are each charged with one count of murder and it is alleged that they caused the death of a 30-year-old Rusiate Vakalakovi last year.

It is alleged that Ravutanasau and Tikomairarotoga assaulted Vakalakovi beside the Total Service Station in Suva on November 30th last year.

Police had earlier confirmed that the 30-year-old man who was heavily intoxicated, was picked up by a patrol team from outside a nightclub and rushed to the CWM Hospital where he was handed over to medical authorities.

He was seen by medical personnel and left the hospital where he was later found lying motionless outside the hospital premises.

Justice Rajasinghe said that he is not going to vacate the trial.

The state lawyer apologized however the High court Judge questioned her on whether her apology will compensate for the time lost as the trial date was set on 19th April this year.

Justice Rajasinghe said the state lawyer has 48 hours to look for the prime witnesses in this case.

The matter has been adjourned to Thursday.