8 months in custody with no lawyer

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THREE men alleged of stealing from a ship have been remanded in custody since February this year and are yet to secure any legal assistance.

Appearing in court before Principal Magistrate Tearo Beneteti, the men said since being taken into custody they have had one visit from a lawyer of the Public Solicitors office.

However, that was the last they have seen or heard from the lawyer, or from any legal representative for that matter.

Meanwhile, lawyer Daniel Kwalai told the court that he took instructions from the men and had informed his superiors for an allocation of their file.

Magistrate Beneteti then asked the accused if they still needed a lawyer to represent them, to which they answered yes.

Ms Beneteti said eight months in custody is not good and the case needs urgent allocation.

She then told Mr Kwalai if he could bring the matter to his superior’s attention for allocation of a lawyer as the case has been adjourning for some time.

Police Prosecution Service is prosecuting the case in court.