Hit and run accused on bail

Friday October 25, 2019 Written by Published in Crime

Interim name suppression was not granted to a young man alleged to have caused injuries to a male victim who was driving a motorcycle last Saturday morning.

The alleged driver of the red Honda Jazz, Jeremiah Moce appeared before Justice of the Peace John Whitta on a charge of dangerous driving causing injury.

Witnesses alleged that Moce rear-ended motorcyclist Charles Leger, 32, throwing him over the handlebars and headfirst onto the road.

The car drove off – it took police three days to track down and arrest the alleged driver.

Leger suffered a deep gash on his forehead and bruises and abrasions to his arms and legs.

Defence counsel Lavenia Rokoika, requested name suppression for her client on the grounds that Moce had just commenced work, has a young family and publication of his name could affect his employment.

She further said that information on the case was already on social media and the newspaper and this could harm the defendant as well as might prejudice the whole trial.

Rokoika added that the main basis of the request was that her client had his constitutional right to a fair trial.

Police prosecutor senior sergeant Fairoa Tararo opposed this.

JP Whitta said people who appeared in court must advise their family and employers before the case proceeds.

He said in the matter of a fair trial, any issues of prejudice will be addressed by a judge, if there is a trial.

He said it was unfortunate that social media (Facebook) is unavoidable and defence requests for name suppression was not justified.

The matter is adjourned to November 14.

Moce is on bail with the condition that he surrenders his passport to the High Court by 3pm yesterday.

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