October 25, 2012

Escapee's leg amputated

18:00 Mon Oct 22, 2012
Report by: Devendra Narayan

One of five prison escapees, who were recaptured in a joint friendly forces operation, is unable to appear in court for another two weeks.

The Magistrates Court in Suva heard that Epeli Qaraniqio has had his right leg amputated for injuries allegedly sustained during the recapture.

Qaraniqio was to have appeared in court this afternoon.

Director of Public Prosecutions lawyer, Lisiate Fotofili told Magistrate Janaka Bandara that Qaraniqio won’t be able to appear in court for another two weeks.

While presenting a medical report, Fotofili said the dressing on Qaraniqio’s leg was only removed on Friday.

Qaraniqio is still recovering at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital.

The case has now been adjourned until November 5th.

Qaraniqio and other four prisoners allegedly escaped from the Naboro Medium Security Prison last month.

They were arrested a few days later in a joint operation by police, prison and military officers.

Four other escapes have already appeared in court.

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