Warrant issued for alleged land scam couple

A couple accused of allegedly scamming members of the public by obtaining money for a parcel of land they do not own have been issued arrest warrants. 

Ele Vuni Isaia and Emani Tulua of Malifa failed to appear in the District Court on Tuesday when their matter was called. 

They were released on bail two weeks ago after the Prosecution did not oppose bail for the pair. 

Prosecutor and Attorney General’s Office lawyer, Silupevaelei Rexona Titi, sought the Court’s permission to issue a warrant of arrest for the defendants. 

She also asked that the couple be remanded in custody once captured by Police. 

The District Court Judge, Fepuleai Ameperosa Roma, granted the request. 

He also ordered that upon execution of the warrant the couple should be taken to custody until a further order is made. 

On 24 September, Isaia and Tulua made their first appearance in Court. 

Silupevaelei had asked that the matter be adjourned to allow the prosecution to finalise their charges as there are more people claiming to have been victims of the alleged offending. 

In addition, she told the Court that the couple seems to be party to obtaining money by deception in respect of land that allegedly does not belong to them. 

Judge Fepuleai had queried if the couple had any previous convictions. 

The Court heard that Tulua has previous convictions to firearms while his wife has a clean record. 

He also asked if prosecution opposes bail. They did not. 

Silupevaelei had only asked that the couple be released on strict bail conditions to sign with Police twice a week and surrendering their travel documents. 

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