The behaviour of accused Pentecost Chief, Viraleo Boborenvanua and his fellow accused towards the Court and directions given by Justice David Chetwynd caused the Judge to storm out of the court yesterday morning.
Before exiting the court room, the Supreme Court Judge entered “not guilty pleas” for all the 9 men, refusing to hear them plea for themselves because they were in contempt of court again.
The “not guilty” pleas were entered for a number of serious charges including riot, arson, threats to kill, intentional assault, and malicious damage to property.
Chetwynd walked into the court room to find the nine accused persons still wearing their traditional custom attire, despite being instructed not to do so during the last hearing.
“I will not hear from the defendants because clearly they have no respect for this court,” said Justice Chetwynd. READ MORE
SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY POST