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Attacks Spark Public Uproar

The alcohol-fuelled fatal attack on a man in Nausori has sparked a public uproar. In Nakama, Labasa, a man, 23, is recovering from injuries he suffered in an attack by
22 Jul 2015 12:07
Attacks Spark Public Uproar

The alcohol-fuelled fatal attack on a man in Nausori has sparked a public uproar.

In Nakama, Labasa, a man, 23, is recovering from injuries he suffered in an attack by a group of drunken men on the street last Saturday. The family has asked: “Where were the Police?”.

After his assault in Nausori, Epineri Waqawai, 25, a labourer, died at Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva. He was allegedly attacked by three men  on Saturday night while returning from a nightclub at 11pm.

Businessman Faizal Khan said despite many requests to the Police, there was still no Police patrol on a Saturday night.

“It is not only the Police who are at fault but the entire system, those responsible are not doing their job properly,” he said.

“The issue of drunk and disorderly on the streets has been a concern and we have always raised concern with the Police even during the Police consultation with the Commissioner but it seems nothing is being done to improve things.”

Another businessman who wished to remain anonymous said even after the incident, there were still no signs of Police officers on Nausori streets.

‘There is still no Police attendance on the streets, after this incident or even before this. Police should have been on their toes since they are aware of drunk and disorderly issues,” he said.

“But where are they, it is so sad that because of no attendance a young person has lost his life.

“Had they been on the streets they could have prevented the fight and the victim would have been alive.”

Meanwhile, the family is still coming to terms that Epineri is no more.

His brother, Savenaca Canaitaba, relayed the message of his younger brother being admitted in the hospital to their mother at 2am on Sunday morning

Mr Canaitaba was also assaulted and sustained minor injuries.

Sister Esita Naiyobasali said it was heartbreaking to know that her brother died so young.

“The three men wanted his money they could have taken his wallet but why kill him,” she said.

“The sad thing is that when my brothers were calling for help, no one came to their rescue and no Police officers were in sight. A taxi driver saw my brothers and took them to the Nausori Hospital before he was transferred to CWM where he passed away.”

The family described Epineri as a hardworking and humble person.

He will be laid to rest tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Assistant Commissioner of Police, chief intelligence and investigations, Henry Brown, said they had three men in custody and would be laying charges today.

“This is another liquor-related death and we are again pleading with people to drink responsibly as the over indulgence of alcohol can lead to tragic circumstances,” ACP Brown said.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed the Labasa case and that Police were investigating

 

Feedback: farisha.ahmed@fijisun.com.fj

 


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