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Infanticide Accused Will Be Sentenced On July 19

Infanticide Accused Will Be Sentenced On July 19
July 15
11:27 2017

A 40-year-old mother who was convicted of infanticide will be sentenced on July 19, by the High Court in Suva.

The matter was called before Justice Riyaaz Hamza yesterday.

State lawyer, Dharshani Kumar, while serving the sentencing submissions said Vika Kelekele Laliqavoka, as a first offender falls under the tariff of a suspended sentence, counselling, supervision or hospitalisation.

She has asked the court to consider counselling for Laliqavoka so there is no reoccurrence of the offending.

According to the evidence produced during trial the court heard that on July 18, 2011, Laliqavoka, who was pregnant, gave birth to a baby boy in the bathroom of her house.

It was stated that she went to the bathroom to have her shower when she felt like someone had poked her with a needle on her lower back. She stood in a standing position till she felt something fall off.

Laliqavoka had told the court that her baby had fallen and she then tried to sit down and later had a blackout.

When she regained consciousness she looked at her new born baby lying face downwards. She then held her baby who wasn’t moving nor breathing.

It was further stated that she tried to open the baby’s mouth by pressing his nose however the baby didn’t respond.

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