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Six Years For Manslaughter

A 44-year-old farmer of Labasa has been jailed for six years after he was convicted for manslaughter. Surend Chand was found guilty of hitting his brother, Jai Chand, with an
14 Dec 2014 11:04
Six Years For Manslaughter

A 44-year-old farmer of Labasa has been jailed for six years after he was convicted for manslaughter.

Surend Chand was found guilty of hitting his brother, Jai Chand, with an iron rod which later led to his death.

The court heard that in March 2013, in Naleba, Labasa, the victim and the accused had gone to a neighbour’s place to drink some rice whisky.

When they returned to the accused’s home for another bottle the victim asked the accused’s wife to prepare some chaser to which she replied that there was none left.

The victim then taunted his older brother Surend saying he was afraid of his wife and living under her skirt which led to an argument and a fist fight.   In sentencing him, Justice Temo said the act did not warrant a suspended sentence as human life was not to be played around with.

“Those who intend to cause others serious harm run the risk of a custodial sentence and if they are found guilty of manslaughter,” Justice Temo said.

He said the case was a warning to would be offenders.

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