Parents: Happy Justice Is Done
Jamul Nisha says they cannot get their daughter, Faria Ali, back, but they are happy justice has been served.
Ms Nisha, 54, and her husband, cc, 60, of Meigunyah, Nadi, were at the High Court in Suva yesterday to see Binesh Prasad, the man responsible for the death of Faria and her husband, Imran Ali, sent to jail for life.
They said it had brought them closure.
Prasad, 34, had pleaded guilty to setting fire to a house where Faria and Imran Ali lived, in a flat at Navosai, Narere, on October 2015.
Three others died in the fire. They included Prasad’s wife, Uleshni Irene Lata, daughter Prishika Devi and father-in-law Jai Narayan.
Ms Nisha said: “Faria was my youngest child and she was everyone’s favourite at home.
“She was a very good daughter and a cheerful person. She was a teacher and her students also loved her so much” she said.
Ms Nisha said her son-in-law was also a good person.
“He loved my daughter very much and always treated us as his own parents.
“The couple had organised a dua (prayer) to inform us that she was pregnant. Instead of celebrating that day, we attended their funeral,” she said.
Ms Nisha said she would always miss her daughter and son-in-law.
At the sentencing the judge, Justice Salesi Temo, told Prasad that he had no right to take the lives of those people.
“Only the Almighty (God) can,” Justice Temo said.
Prasad pleaded guilty to five counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, one count of arson and one count of damaging property.
Prasad has to serve a minimum of 28 years before a pardon may be considered by the President.
Edited by Jonathan Bryce