Court releases devotee on bail

A Hare Krishna movement priest has been released on bail and ordered to surrender his passport to the Lautoka Magistrates Court after denying receiving stolen property.

Navin Kant, of Tavewa Avenue, was allegedly found in possession of a digital camera worth $1200 belonging to High Court judge Justice John Connors.

Prosecutor Sairusi Nadaulevu said Kant received the property between October 7-19.

He said police raided Kant’s flat after a tip-off and confiscated the camera and other items worth more than $15,000.

Magistrate Mohammed Khan said he wanted to adjourn the case to a later date so police could complete investigations.

He told Kant the court was releasing him on a $2000 bond so he could go and pick his passport from Suva.

Police are still questioning four other devotees who allegedly received stolen laptops, digital cameras and wristwatches.

They shared the flat with Kant.

Justice John Connors lost a laptop, a digital camera and jewellery worth more than $20,000 when his house was broken into on October 7.

Police retrieved his laptop and the digital camera from the flat in which the devotees live.

Divisional crime officer Vijay Singh said the other devotees would be charged after the owners of the stolen items were located.

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Oct. 23, 2004

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