Even though Corporal Maika Vuniwawa changed his plea at the 11th hour to guilty, the courts have upheld some semblance of justice and put him away for 3 years. The equation of a life equaling a mere 3 years of jail time (even if it is manslaughter) could have been improved however.
Nevertheless we do salute Justice Daniel Gounder for again upholding the rule of law under the most challenging of judicial circumstances. Take a bow Justice Gounder.
This is a case that has dragged on for two years mind you. Funnily enough Justice Nazhat Shameem was scheduled to preside over this trial, but her sojourn abroad (as spotted in
The Verebasaga family has held on bravely awaiting this day. More power to you gang.
Vuniwawa’s lawyer, Haroon Ali Shah tried his darndest to make those billable hours worth his client’s while by stressing Verebasaga’s death as almost accidental. Unbelievable.
Perhaps Haroon Ali Shah should have prodded his client harder. He might have (and we do stress the word MIGHT here), gained a conscience if he dug deep enough to uncover the real reason for Verebasaga’s death which has been rumoured to be very closely linked to Francis Kean’s trial.
Dig deeper oh those who should dig. The crap about Verebasaga being involved in a land dispute is a trojan horse. The word out on the streets is that Verebasaga was the innocent bystanding taxi-driver that witnessed the fatal intentional blows that Francis Kean assailed on Mr Whippy at the wedding reception of Bainimarama’s daughter.
And for Francis Kean’s freedom, Vuniwawa is made expendable. Let’s hope the rest of
Justice Gates has already been fiddling with the startling (and expensive) trend of hired QC gun’s on the Court of Appeal front. Gates' professional reputation (well the tatters that remains of it at least) is on the line after all.
The new Court of Appeal Judge, Justice Francis Maxwell Douglas should know that his fellow Australian comrade Justice Jocelyn Scutt is already feeling the pressure back home.
Talking about desperation, Pita Driti’s recent uncouth, unintelligent and unpalatable outbursts is tangible proof of a desperate individual. Michael Field’s latest opinion has an interesting twist to it.