Crime

Assessors Opinion Finds Nausori Man Not Guilty Of Murder But Find Him Guilty Of Assault

The matter was called for summing up before Judge Justice Chamath Morais at the High Court in Suva on Wednesday.
13 Sep 2019 14:11
Assessors Opinion Finds Nausori Man Not Guilty Of Murder But Find Him Guilty Of Assault
Rakesh Chand outside the High Court in Suva on September 11, 2019. Photo: Ashna Kumar Not safe at night, say university students SHALVEEN CHAND SUVA It is not safe at night say Fiji National University Nasinu campus students. Students say the bus stops are quite risky at night as there have been incidents where phones and bags have been snatched. First year student Alumita Qeremaitoga said a friend of hers had her phone snatched at the bus stop at night. “I don’t think it is safe at night because, there are not many people around at night and there is not enough lighting,” she said. Ulamila Biudole and Losalini Raluve also said that they have heard of such stories and they felt scared when walking alone. Shayal Shivani said she avoided the bus stop situated close to Delainamasi Government School. “I totally avoid that bus stop, the one near the primary school. It is isolated and scary. Also the one at the top, I rarely go there alone,” she said. Ajnesh Chand said although he had not personally experienced anything, he was wary at night. Timoci Togei who lives directly opposite the FNU campus said it shocked him to hear that there was mugging incidents in the area. “I have been here for more than 25 years and in this time there has not been a serious crime in the area,” he said. Meanwhile, a social media post claimed that on Monday, September 9, a young woman studying at the university in Nasinu was chased by a group of men at Nasinu and was sexually abused. The writer of the post claimed they had rescued the woman from the traffic lights at Kinoya. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said no such report has been received at the Valelevu Police Station since September 7. Edited by Susana Tuilau Feedback: shalveen.

Three assessors have delivered a not guilty opinion for a man who was facing a charge of attempted murder.

This is in the case of Rakesh Chand who was charged with one count of the attempted murder of his wife.

Chand is alleged to have attempted to murder Ireen Lata Chand on June 26, 2018, at Waila in Nausori.

The matter was called for summing up before Judge Justice Chamath Morais at the High Court in Suva on Wednesday.

The three assessors however delivered a guilty opinion for assault causing actual bodily harm.

The matter has been adjourned for judgment on September 13.

Chand has been further remanded in custody.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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