Crime

Alleged Daughter Killer To Take Plea Next Friday

Kunawave is charged with the murder of his daughter who was one day away from turning four months old.
24 Jan 2020 12:31
Alleged Daughter Killer To Take Plea Next Friday
evita Kunawave (blue shirt) outside the Courthouse in Suva on January 23, 2020. Photo: Ashna Kumar

 

A father, who is alleged to have killed his four-month old daughter, has been remanded in custody.

Tevita Veicavuyaki Kunawave, 26, appeared before Judge Justice Daniel Goundar at the High Court in Suva.

Kunawave is charged with the murder of his daughter who was one day away from turning four months old.

He is alleged to have seriously injured his daughter resulting in her death after she was allegedly caught in the middle of a dispute between her parents.

The alleged incident occurred on Sunday, October 27, at their home in Nabua.

Defence counsel from the Legal Aid Commission Lice Manulevu told the court that the family of the accused had approached the commission to assist in the bail application.

She also told the court that the substantive record had a private counsel on record, however, Legal Aid was approved to represent the accused.

Justice Goundar then questioned Ms Manulevu on how Legal Aid was approved when the accused had enough money to engage a private counsel.

He said if the accused could afford a private counsel, then why was taxpayers’ money used to provide Legal Aid for him.

Prosecutor from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Assistant DPP, Elizabeth Rice, told the court that she had served the Legal Aid Commission with the bail submissions.

However, she could not serve the disclosures in the substantive matter as in her record, there were three counsels shown on record.

Kunawave told the court that he had withdrew instructions from the private counsel and engaged Legal Aid to represent him in the matter.

Ms Rice then served the Disclosures to the Legal Aid counsel. The court also heard that Kunawave had not taken his plea.

Justice Goundar said he would not hear the bail application until he knows what the plea of the accused was.

The matter has been adjourned January 31 for mention.

Edited by Percy Kean.

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