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Lolohea Tells Court Why He Killed Partner’

Lolohea Tells Court Why He Killed Partner’
Timoci Lolohea being escorted for his trial to the High Court in Suva on May 2, 2018. Photo: Fonua Talei
May 03
10:23 2018

Murder accused says he was blinded by jealousy, rage and anger over new boyfriend

Murder accused Timoci Lolohea yesterday admitted in court that he killed his defacto partner

Elenoa Dicovi because he was blinded by jealousy, rage and anger.

He told the High Court in Suva that he intended to kill her.

He made the remarks while responding to Director of Public Prosecution lawyer Siteri Navia questions.

Lolohea was giving his testimony in court for the first time since the trial began. He is accused of murdering Ms Divoci on March 20, 2018 at Nasilivata Road in Nadera, Nasinu.

He had earlier pleaded not guilty.

During the cross examination, Lolohea agreed with Ms Navia that he did not know which other part of the victim’s body he stabbed because he had blacked out.

He said that all the rage, anger and jealousy burst out at once and that was when he repeatedly stabbed Ms Divoci so that he could finish her off.

He also agreed with Ms Navia that Ms Divoci ran away after he assaulted her. He admitted that he only assaulted her after he found out she was having another relationship.

While responding to the defence lawyer, Lisiate Qetaki’s questions, Lolohea said during that critical moment, his mind went back to his military mode, which made the killing so effective.

“It had a disastrous effect leading to the death of my beloved Elenoa,” he said.

He said at that point in time, Ms Divoci was his enemy and “she was to be taken out to defend myself.”

“So without warning, I struck her with a knife.”

Lolohea also told court that he had been suspecting Ms Divoci of cheating two to three weeks prior to the day the incident happened.

Their relationship started to deteriorate when he found love bites on Ms Divoci while she was sleeping and that was when he started assaulting her.

He said when he returned to their home from a work trip in Lautoka, their apartment was empty.

Ms Divoci had moved out.

He said he had a feeling of loneliness so he went looking for Ms Divoci.

The court heard that Ms Divoci was at Nasilivata Road in Nadera.

Lolohea said he wanted to restore their happy moments, so he told Ms Divoci if she could come back to him and for her to sign a document that would prove his love to her.

He said the document was for their house.

It was also heard in court that after Ms Divoci agreed to sign the documents, Lolohea went back to the car to get the documents. He then asked her: “after you sign this, will you come back or no?”

He said Ms Divoci replied saying she will sign, but she will not go back to him. She will stay with her new boyfriend as she was expecting their baby.

He told the court that Ms Divoci uttered insulting words and that he was suddenly struck with anger.

He said his first intention was to ask Ms Divoci properly of the possibilities of going back to him and for her to bring back their baby from Labasa and sign the documents of their new house.

Lolohea told the court when he confronted Ms Divoci, if she was humbled enough to confess what she had done, he would have let the moment go. But when she insulted him, he erupted.

He was also a short-tempered person. When that happened, the whole anger that was all bottled-up from the time their relationship had deteriorated resulted in Ms Divoci’s death that morning.

When Mr Qetaki asked if he had planned to kill Elenoa, Lolohea said, “who wouldn’t wanna kill or plan to kill. She broke the matrimonial contract agreement, lost my trust and she went with another man.”

The trial continues today.

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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