Court suspends hit and run accused's license

A man accused of a hit and run incident on Father’s Day this year has had his driver's license suspended pending his Court case. 

The order was made by Chief Justice, His Honour Satiu Simativa Perese, as a bail condition for Lino Lino. 

Lino is facing charges including negligence driving causing the death of Ataiti Ulugia Mika, of Vaiusu. 

He was represented by lawyer, Mauga Precious Chang. 

A bail request from the defence counsel was not opposed by prosecutor and Attorney General’s Office lawyer, Lucy Sio Ofoia. 

Instead, she asked that the defendant is released on strict bail conditions including the suspension of his driver’s license. 

She asked that the accused should not be allowed to drive any vehicle pending his matter. 

Lino has also been ordered to refrain from contacting the family of the deceased and police witnesses, surrender travel documents and report to Police twice a week. 

His lawyer Mauga asked for an adjournment so she can seek instructions from the accused on his plea. 

Chief Justice Satiu granted the adjournment instructing Lino to reappear on 21 September. 

The 40-year-old alleged victim died on Father’s Day holiday when Lino allegedly ran him over a dyna at Vaitele fou. 

It is alleged that two other men were injured from the same incident. 


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