Kadavu Duo In Drug Case To Have Bail Hearing On March 26

Kadavu Duo In Drug Case To Have Bail Hearing On March 26 From left: Samuela Natokalau 23, Amani Masikerei 25 at the Suva Magistrates Court on March 5, 2018. Photo: Fonua Talei.

Two Kadavu men alleged to have cultivated Cannabis Sativa weighing 1046.8 kilograms will have their bail heard in the High Court in Suva on March 26.

Amani Masikerei, 25, and Samuela Natokalau, 23, appeared before Judge Justice Daniel Goundar on Monday and informed the court that their lawyer was having issues with his practising certificate.

The two men are alleged to have committed the offence on January 13.

State lawyer Shirley Tivao informed Justice Goundar that the accused’s lawyer Jerry Dinati had informed her that he would not be appearing in court and that his clients were not ready to take their pleas.

Ms Tivao said Mr Dinati had advised her of the same on March 2.

She said they had just received the two men’s bail applications and requested for time to consider it.

She added that the defence had provided details of the proposed sureties for the two men including fixed addresses where they would be residing until the completion of their case.

Ms Tivao said she had to forward the information to the State’s Investigating Officer to confirm the details given in the bail applications.

Justice Goundar asked Ms Tivao where the plants were kept and the height of the plants found.

She said they were kept at the Totogo Police Station and the average heights were between 20 centimetres and more than 200 centimetres.

The State has been given until March 23 to file its formal response to the two men’s bail application.

The case was adjourned to March 26 for plea and for bail hearing.

The two men have been remanded in custody until then.


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