Prisoner defies Court order to enter plea

A prisoner who is back in Court for allegedly dealing drugs from behind bars at Tanumalala prison cells has refused to admit to or deny charges against him. 

Ikilasi Isumu Vailopa of Fugalei told the Supreme Court this week that he will not answer to the Court unless the other co-defendant is charged. 

Vailopa who has been making an appearance in Court since he was 15-years-old said the other person involved in his matter has not been charged by police. 

The prisoner is accused of one count of possession of narcotics inside the Tanumalala prison sometime in October. 

Police alleged there were 31 cigarettes of marijuana being found on Vailopa. 

But when the charge was put to Vailopa he said, “if I say yes I will be lying and if I say no then I’m not telling the truth”.  

But Justice Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke said the matter is straight forward. 

“If you do not enter a plea a not guilty plea will be noted and police will call their witnesses and evidence,” said Justice Leiataualesa. 

“You do not tell the Court how it does its business.”

The Judge reminded Vailopa that his concerns about who should be charged or not is a matter for police. 

After he remained silent when the charge was put to him, Justice Leiataualesa adjourned the matter for hearing on 31 August next year. 

His not guilty plea was noted. 

According to probations office Vailopa was released on parole in March this year but has reoffended and is being recalled to serve his unexpired imprisonment term. 

That jail term will expire in October next year.  

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