The Graffiti Trial Update: 'This Court finds that State has not been able to establish beyond reasonable doubt that the Police conducted themselves fairly. The Accused' have raised reasonable doubts as to their treatment'
Chief Magistrate Ratuvili: "The Court therefore finds that the [caution] statements were obtained voluntarily however the Police acted unfairly therefore the statements are not admissible as evidence..." The Chief Magistrate ruled that the State failed to produce cell records, meal records etc, and that they could not rebutt the accused persons allegations about ill-treatment, hence he ruled that they acted unfairly...The second Accused [Bulitavu] was asked to sign parts of his caution interview over 2 years after he was interviewed and charged. It is considered by the State that this is irregular..." -
From Fijileaks Archive, 2 November 2015
He told Chief Magistrate, Usaia Ratuvili that Brown had said to his officers that when his beaten up black and blue, Karunaratne would not know what to do. Karunaratne further claimed in court that Brown had also said that he will be hung upside-down by a telephone wire and he will not be sitting as he is sitting. DPP lawyer Lisiate Fotofili then put to Karunarate that he has fabricated these things but Karunaratne maintained that he was threatened and intimidated by Police officers while in custody.
AC Henry Brown Update: