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McGowan Murder Case: First And Second Witness Take Stand

A doctor is expected to give his evidence later today The first prosecution witness in the case of the alleged murder of Losana McGowan described how he heard constant thudding
25 Oct 2016 11:00
McGowan Murder Case: First And Second Witness Take Stand

A doctor is expected to give his evidence later today

The first prosecution witness in the case of the alleged murder of Losana McGowan described how he heard constant thudding sounds and argument on the night she died.

Usaia Kilaverata, the former journalist and women’s rights activist’s partner, is charged with her alleged murder.

The matter was called before Judge Justice Priyantha Fernando at the High Court in Suva yesterday.

Winston Hill, Kilaverata’s neighbour, told the court that on April 4, 2015, he heard Kilaverata arguing with a female which he assumed to be his girlfriend.

The second prosecution witness Acting Sergeant Apaisai Dredreyara told the court that Kilaverata had told him that he had punched the deceased and she had fallen face down on a gas tank.

Justice Fernando questioned Mr Dredreyara on why he had not mentioned that in the caution interview.

Mr Dredreyara informed the court that he had written it on a piece of paper during the reconstruction scene but had not added it to the exhibits.

Defence lawyer Samanunu Vaniqi asked Mr Dredreyara if Kilaverata did mention during his caution interview that he did try to give CPR to the deceased. And when he realised that it was too late he himself surrendered to the authorities.

Mr Dredreyara informed the court that the deceased and Kilaverata were drinking the night before the incident and into the morning.

Their argument allegedly started on the way home.

He further told the court that Kilaverata, in his caution interview, admitted that he was drinking and he knew what he had done and was remorseful.

Mr Dredreyara did inform the court that Kilaverata had surrendered himself to the authorities when he realised that McGowan had died.

It is alleged that Kilaverata punched the deceased and when she fell to the floor he kicked her face which resulted in her death.

A doctor is expected to give evidence later today.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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