Trial adjourned for Vokia and co-Accused

BY ROMINAH FAKA

Chief Magistrate Emma Garo has decided to vacate the trial involving five individuals, including the newly elected Member of Parliament for North East Guadalcanal, Mr. Jaimmie Lency Vokia.

The trial was scheduled to take place this week in the Magistrate Court but has now been rescheduled for July 15th to 19th, 2024.

The trial’s postponement comes after the Director of Public Prosecution, Mr. Andrew Kelesi, who is handling the case, cited family issues that require his attention.

He sought an adjournment under section 191 of the Criminal Procedural Code (CPC).

During the court session on Monday, defense counsel Mr. Wilson Rano applied for bail variation on behalf of the five accused individuals, namely Ethel Claudia Lency Vokia, Jaimmie Lency Vokia, Rose Tala, Polycrap Peresini, and Beason Moses.

Mr. Rano requested the court to vary two bail conditions, allowing the accused to travel outside of Guadalcanal Province and exempting them from reporting to the nearest police stations.

The court granted the bail variation application.

The court has adjourned the case to July 10th, 2024, for interim mention, and all accused individuals are required to appear in court on that date.

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