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Ba Stabbing: Man Faces Court

A  54- year old taxi driver of Suva yesterday appeared at the Ba Magistrates Court for allegedly murdering his wife last Sunday. Mohammed Yasin appeared before Magistrate Mosese Naivalu charged
20 Nov 2014 08:05
Ba Stabbing:  Man Faces Court
Murder accused, Mohammed Yasin outside the Ba Magistrates Court yesterday. Photo: Sheik Dean

A  54- year old taxi driver of Suva yesterday appeared at the Ba Magistrates Court for allegedly murdering his wife last Sunday.

Mohammed Yasin appeared before Magistrate Mosese Naivalu charged with one count of murder contrary to section 237 of the Crimes Decree No 44 of 2009.

He is alleged to have stabbed his wife, Maimun Nisha, 47, on the chest and on the neck at Wailailai, in Ba.

Police prosecutor, Corporal Ravi Narayan objected to bail on the grounds of the seriousness of the offence and tension arising within the deceased’s family.

It was heard in court that the accused has been a patient at Saint Giles Hospital when he was a teenager.

“It will be in the best interest of the accused to stay in remand and for the accused to undergo a psychiatric examination,” Corporal Narayan said.

He further said the medical report would give a clear understanding of the accuser’s mental status and whether the accused knew what he was doing at the time of the offence.

Magistrate Naivalu ordered the accused to be further remanded in custody and to be presented at the Stress Management Unit in Lautoka for evaluation.

No plea was taken but the accused said in court that he had no idea of what he was doing at the time of the offence.

Magistrate Naivalu said that if the accused was not aware of what he was doing at the time of the offence then under the law it becomes a defending ground for the accused.

He will re-appear in court on December 5 with a medical report, after which the court will decide on whether his case is to be transferred to the High Court in Lautoka.

sheik.dean@fijisun.com.fj

 



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