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Accused Gunua Admits Being With ‘Wrong’ People

Mathew Gunua, who is charged in relation to the death of five people in Navosai, Nasinu, last year, is pleading guilty to all charges. His lawyer, Alofa Seruvatu, told Justice
02 Feb 2016 10:25
Accused Gunua Admits Being With ‘Wrong’ People
Accused Mathew Gunua.

Mathew Gunua, who is charged in relation to the death of five people in Navosai, Nasinu, last year, is pleading guilty to all charges.

His lawyer, Alofa Seruvatu, told Justice Salesi Temo at the High Court in Suva yesterday that her client believed he had associated with the wrong people, was at the wrong place at the wrong time, when he was involved in the alleged incident.

She also pleaded with the court that her client was a first and young offender and was in Fiji with his father who was working at a regional organisation’s office in Fiji.

Gunua, a university student, is charged with one count of arson, five counts of murder, one count of act with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and one count of damaging property.

He is charged alongside taxi driver, Binesh Prasad.

It is alleged that on October 15, the two allegedly, willfully set fire (count 1) to the home of Hans Wati in Narere, Navosai, which claimed the lives of five people.

It is also alleged that the two, on the same day, caused grievous bodily harm to Jotishma Neelam (count 7) with the intent to cause injury to her.

The two also allegedly, willfully damaged a taxi (count 8) of a Mohammed Khalil worth $8500.

Ms Seruvatu had made a bail application on his behalf and told the court that her client had been on remand for 108 days and had missed his university exams as a result.

The matter will be called again today for continuation of bail hearing.

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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