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Trial: Woman Tells Court: How Ex-husband Stabbed Me

Trial: Woman Tells Court: How  Ex-husband Stabbed Me
July 22
10:01 2017

A woman who was allegedly stabbed by her ex-husband outside a supermarket told the court that she was terrified, but tried to save herself.

The case was heard before Judge Justice Riyaaz Hamza at the High Court in Suva on Friday. The state prosecution is represented by Kimberley Semisi and Narayan is representing himself.

Rakesh Narayan, 47, is charged for one count each of attempted murder and act with intent to cause grievous harm. He is alleged to have stabbed his ex-wife Shakindra Devi on the face outside Shop N Save supermarket in Nakasi, Nasinu on May 16.

 

Prosecution witness one: Victim Shakindra Devi

Ms Semisi asked Ms Devi to give an account of what had happened on the day of the alleged incident. She told the court that she was at work when her brother called her around 8.40pm and told her not to come out of her workplace. He explained over the phone that her ex-husband had told him that he would kill her.

“My brother told me not to get out of the restaurant and 10 minutes later when I saw my current husband, Rakash Deo, I came outside because he had come to pick me.

“We were about to get in the car when Narayan pushed my husband from behind and he fell. Then Narayan held my hand and pulled me away from the car.

“When my husband tried to hold me, he stabbed my husband and then he started stabbing me with a knife.

“He stabbed me on the head, neck, left elbow and upper hand and after that I cannot recall anything because I was covered in blood. When I opened my eyes, I was in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).”

Ms Devi further told the court that she was scared during the time of the alleged incident and was in the hospital for a month.

She said she could not talk because the nerve on her neck was cut during the alleged attack.

It was stated by Ms Devi that due to the alleged attack, her jaw has shifted to one side permanently, and during the cold weather her body would be in pain.

“I am not well, but I have to work because I have two daughters that I have to look after,” said Ms Devi.

During cross-examination, Narayan put it to Ms Devi that he didn’t know that the person with her was her husband to which she responded saying that ‘if he didn’t know then why did he stab him?. The case will continue on July 24.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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