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Murder Accused Testifies In Court

A  41-year-old man took to the stand and testified at the Suva High Court that he stabbed both his wife and mother in law. Sitiveni Qio Vasuturaga said on August
28 Jul 2016 10:43
Murder Accused Testifies In Court
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A  41-year-old man took to the stand and testified at the Suva High Court that he stabbed both his wife and mother in law.

Sitiveni Qio Vasuturaga said on August 10, 2014 he stabbed his mother in law because he was very angry with her remarks and she swore at him.

Vasuturaga appeared before Justice Salesi Temo at the Suva High Court charged with two counts each of murder and one count of attempted murder.

Defence lawyer Samanunu Vaniqi told the court that Vasuturaga had admitted that he stabbed his wife two times and he stabbed his mother in law 11 times.

Ms Vaniqi further told the court that the accused did it in self-defence and wanted the charges to be changed to manslaughter.

Vasuturaga explained to the court how the argument heated up which led to his mother in law walking out of the house and urged his wife to do the same.

He had locked the house doors with intention to solve the issue with his wife privately

“My wife picked up the kitchen knife to threaten me so I would not stop her from leaving the house but I told her to put the knife away before things got worse,” he said.

“I did stab my wife but I did not intend to kill her I just wanted to injure her.

“I stabbed my mother in law because I was very angry and could not control myself because of the remarks and swear words she passed to me and I was hurt that she had told my wife to leave me and my adopted daughter.”

Vasuturaga told the court that one of the reasons he stabbed his mother in law was because he could no longer tolerate the marital disputes caused by her.

Vasuturaga had told the court that he had a great 16 years of married life till his mother in law joined their family.

He told the court his mother in law disliked him and tried to make all decisions by being judgemental.

The trial continues today.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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