Case adjourned for prosecution to consider bail application

By Pai Mulitalo Ale ,

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Aitken Keil and Kim Carruthers appeared again in the Supreme Court yesterday before the honorable Chief Justice Patu Tiava'asue Falefatu Sapolu. 

The pair are facing charges in relation to narcotics found during a drug raid by police on May 27, 2016 at Lotopa. 

Mr. Keil who is still in custody, filed a bail application in court through his lawyer Rosella Papali'i.

However, Lucy Sio of the National Prosecutions Office asked the court for another one week adjournment for prosecution to review the bail application. 

Ms. Papali'i told the court that she filed the application last week, and the matter was also adjourned from last week not only for prosecution to finalize the charges but also to review their bail application. 

However, Ms. Papali'i told the court that she does not oppose the application but asked for a final adjournment for this matter. 

Chief Justice Patu granted the application for this matter to be adjourned for one week until June 27, 2016 for prosecution to review the bail application filed by the defense counsel. 

The second named defendant Kim Carruthers was represented by Leota Raymond Schuster and he entered a plea of not guilty to all the charges against Ms. Carruthers. 

Mr. Keil and Ms. Carruthers were arrested during a police drug raid around 2am early Friday morning at the Sports Lodge at Lotopa. 

Police discovered a straw which was suspected to be used by the pair to consume the drugs. Also found were 17 empty plastic bags suspected to have contained ice. 

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