Vakarisi refused bail

October 5, 2022 4:35 pm

Jone Vakarisi escorted by police in court.

Suva man, Jone Vakarisi has been refused bail by the Suva Magistrates Court.

This is in relation to an alleged assault of a chef on June 28 this year in Raiwaqa.

Magistrate Indula Ratnayake refused bail on the grounds that Vakarisi may commit further offences and is a potential threat to the community.

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Vakarisi had earlier pleaded not guilty to the charges.

It is alleged he assaulted a 20-year-old man, who had returned from a shop near his house in Flagstaff.

It is alleged that Vakarisi confronted the victim and asked about his residence.

Vakarisi allegedly did not like the response and assaulted the victim.

The court was informed that Vakarisi has six other cases pending before the court.

Police prosecutor, Sergeant Riteshni Latan had earlier objected to bail on the grounds that the case is of public interest, to protect the complainant and the likelihood that Vakarisi might interfere with the complainant.

The police prosecutor said one of the conditions for bail for previous matters is not to re-offend, which he did in this case.

In his defence, Vakarisi said he has four kids but is only looking after his youngest daughter and is paying $2800 per month on rent and pleaded with the court not to let him lose his home as he was trying to get his life back in order.

The matter will be called on November 4th for hearing.