Crime

Alleged Kinoya Wife Killer Fronts Court

He highlighted that the accused had questioned the wife about rumours of an extra marital affair. Mr Vosawale also told the court that the wife had refused to have sex with the accused.
25 Jan 2020 14:00
Alleged Kinoya Wife Killer Fronts Court
Fatai Peni outside the High Court in Suva on January 24, 2020. Photo: Ashna Kumar

A husband who is alleged to have killed his wife appeared yesterday in the High Court in Suva for first call.

Fatai Peni, 53, of Kinoya, a farmer, is alleged to have slit the throat of his wife, Apete Bale, 47, on December 29, 2019, following an argument. Peni was charged with murder, and appeared before Judge Justice Daniel Goundar.

He also opted for legal representation from the Legal Aid Commission.

State prosecutor from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Meli Vosawale, told the court that the alleged incident occurred in Kinoya. He told the court that the wife of the accused was in the village and she went to Kinoya for the holidays.

He highlighted that the accused had questioned the wife about rumours of an extra marital affair. Mr Vosawale also told the court that the wife had refused to have sex with the accused.

The court was told that the accused then went into the kitchen, got a kitchen knife and allegedly stabbed her and slit her throat, causing her to bleed to death.

Mr Vosawale also sought time from the court to file the information and disclosures in the matter. Justice Goundar said to Peni that he was charged with a serious offence and if convicted, he would be handed a life sentence.

Justice Goundar then ordered the State to file and serve the information and disclosures by February 14. The matter was adjourned for a plea to February 21.

Peni has been further remanded in custody.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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