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Kumari Mourns Her Husband, Who Was Murdered for $350

Kumari Mourns Her Husband, Who Was Murdered for $350
(L-R) Legal Aid Commission Lawyer Lisiate Fotofili, Shalend Chandra, Ful Kumari (in front) and other family members after the sentencing yesterday. Photo: JOSAIA RALAGO
September 23
10:10 2016


The wife of murdered Bua farmer, Babu Ram, 79, says she still can’t comprehend that he was killed over $350.

Ful Kumari, 72, and her family are still coming to terms why a humble, hardworking and peace loving man, had to die in tragic and brutal circumstances four years ago.

Speaking in iTaukei, Ms Kumari said she felt like her life had ended the moment she received news of his death.

She said her husband was a good man who had never, in over 50 years of marriage, laid a hand on her.

The man responsible for murdering her husband, Siuta Seru, was sentenced to life imprisonment by Justice Paul Madigan at the High Court in Labasa on Wednesday. Seru must serve 19 years before he could be considered for parole.

The second man, Asaeli Raboleca, who was charged with a count of aggravated robbery, was sentenced to 12 years in jail, nine of which he should serve before he is eligible for parole.

Ms Kumari said she could still feel the emptiness in her life.

She said they had lived in Bua all their lives and were surprised that the act was committed by someone they had called their own.

Their only son Shalend Chandra said they were still trying to figure out why someone would kill over $350.

“He was a helpless old man and yet they killed him for $350,” Mr Chandra said.

“We are glad that the men who had committed this act are behind bars but we cannot get him back and that’s the most painful thing.

“We the five children and his grandchildren miss him so much. Not one day goes by that we don’t think about him.”

Grandson, 10-year-old Shrisht Chand, said he vividly remembered his grandfather taking him on horse riding lessons whenever he visited Babu Ram in Bua.

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki



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