Court grants variation in case against trio accused of armed robbery


The case against three men accused of armed robbery has had a variation granted to one of them.

It was mentioned in court for a bail variation regarding Hudson Susumae, one of the three accused, and court granted the bail variation application.

February 2, 2024 has been set as the first mention date for Mr Susumae.

Dickson Fito’o, Sio Wale and Susuamae were each charged with one count of armed robbery.

They have pleaded not guilty, and their trial is set to begin next year.

The defence counsels submitted to the court the bail variation application for his client Susuamae. After court looked through the bail variation application, presiding Chief Magistrate Emma Garo granted the application to allow Susuamae to return to his home village for the Christmas and New Year holiday.

Court extended bail for Susuamae.

It was alleged in the early hours on January 20, 2023 the trio entered the Holiday Resort Motel armed with bush knives.

One of the defendants also wounded a victim who is a Chinese national. The men then allegedly escaped with $100,000 including Chinese currency notes.

Police have recovered a hand bag during the arrest of the three defendants but a huge portion of the money is yet to be recovered.

Public Prosecution appears for the Crown and Public Solicitor Officer appears for the Defendants.

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