Crime & Court

Murder Accused: Victim Swore At My Mother, That’s When I Assaulted Him

A suspended doctor, accused of killing a man in Suva, has told the court that the victim had sworn at his mother which led to the alleged assault.
21 Feb 2020 10:49
Murder Accused: Victim Swore At My Mother, That’s When I Assaulted Him
Suspended doctor Marvin Ray Ketenilagi. Photo: Ashna Kumar

A suspended doctor, accused of killing a man in Suva, has told the court that the victim had sworn at his mother which led to the alleged assault.

Marvin Ray Ketenilagi took the stand for his third day of trial before Judge Justice Daniel Goundar in the High Court in Suva yesterday.

He is charged with one count of manslaughter.

It is alleged that on January 25, 2018, at Suva, Ketenilagi assaulted Shri Chand, 64, which caused his death.

At the time of the alleged assault, Ketenilagi was reckless as to the risk that his conduct would cause serious harm to Chand.

Ketenilagi told the court that he was drinking at a nightclub in Suva and about 2am, he went to buy a burger at McDonald’s.

He said he was aware that he smelled of liquor, so he asked the security officer to buy the burger on his behalf because he would not be allowed inside the restaurant.

Ketenilagi said after he had finished his meal, he followed the road behind the buildings where he saw a boy, between the ages of eight and nine, standing by the taxi that was parked at a dark area in the back alley.

He said he had questioned the boy of what he was doing there, and then he saw Chand emerge from the dark alley and told him that the boy came with him.

Ketenilagi said he also questioned Chand as to why the boy was there at around 3am, that’s when Chand got angry and responded that it was none of his business.

The accused then asked for help from the security officers thinking they would do more than just guard the building.

Ketenilagi told the court that Chand said that the child was his grandson, and Chand swore at him.

Ketenilagi told the court that he got angry that Chand had sworn at his mother and that became the tilting point for him.

He then assaulted Chand by punching him on his jawline.

He said he did not intend to cause any injuries on Chand and was only trying to shut him up.

Ketenilagi said he saw Chand run away into the dark alley and he followed him because he wanted to know why the boy was crying at that hour.

He further told the court that Chand threw stones at him and accused him of stealing and pickpocketing him (victim).

He said he started to run to the Totogo Police Station, however, by then a group of people had followed and assaulted him based on the claims of Chand.

Ketenilagi was represented by David Toganivalu.

State prosecution was represented by Sujata Lodhia from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Ketenilagi was further remanded in custody, pending the outcome of his trial.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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