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Josaia Usumaki and Tevita Sugu assisted by Police officers on their way to the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday. Photo: JONA KONATACI
Two out of the five escapees that fled from the Naboro Medium facility two weeks ago appeared yesterday before Magistrate Janaka Bandara charged with resisting arrest and criminal intimidation.
Tevita Sugu and Josaia Usumaki appeared before Magistrate Bandara along with Rajeshwar Kishore Dutt, who is charged with aggravated robbery. The latter charge relates to the daylight robbery of the Bank South Pacific’s Samabula branch last month.
BSP have declined to disclose the amount of money stolen. The three other escapees failed to appear yesterday as they are still medically unfit and further remanded into police custody. State prosecutor Lisiate Fotofili informed Magistrate Bandara that Solomoni Qurai, Epeli Qaraniqio and Isoa Waqa were still unfit to attend court and needed more time to recover before appearing. Sugu, with visible injuries, was taken to court with the support of police officers and Usumaki needed crutches to help with his walking. Mr Fotofili requested if the accused could be remanded in custody and the matter transferred to the High Court because of its seriousness. According to Mr Fotofili, charges against the accused had just been filed and no disclosures had been provided to the accused persons.