Prosecution wants accused to appear in court


PUBLIC Prosecutor Olivia Ratu has told court yesterday that she wants the murder accused, Mark Nalua, to be present in court before ruling can be made on the short form preliminary Inquiry.

The ruling on the SFPI was supposed to have been made on Tuesday this week but Nalua did not turn up.

He did not turn up in today’s session either, despite a warrant of arrest issued against him yesterday.

Defence Lawyer Stanley Aupai sought an adjournment yesterday to allow him to try and find Nalua’s whereabouts through his sureties.

Court however rebuked defence, telling him that defence cannot dictate the court’s timing and schedules for the convenience of their clients.

Ms Taeburi said the accused has breached one of the bail conditions, however she adjourned the case for today showing mercy to the defence.

This is in relation to the Lungga murder of 2015, in which Mark Nalua and Barnabas Mwema are accused into the death of a man at the Sisi dance area on the night of March 22.

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