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Children Shaken In Alleged Navua Knife Attack, Suicide

An alleged stabbing and suicide incident has left a young family in Wainiveidio, Navua, shaken and traumatised. The alleged attacker, Sarju Prasad, 73, stabbed his daughter-in-law, Renu Mala Sharma with
12 Dec 2016 11:00
Children Shaken In Alleged  Navua Knife Attack, Suicide
Police officers carry the body of the alleged attacker from the bush in Navua yesterday. Photo: Jone Luvenitoga

An alleged stabbing and suicide incident has left a young family in Wainiveidio, Navua, shaken and traumatised.

The alleged attacker, Sarju Prasad, 73, stabbed his daughter-in-law, Renu Mala Sharma with a knife. In the heat of the moment, it is alleged that he tried to attack his 16-year-old granddaughter too, but she managed to escape.

Minutes after the alleged incident Mr Prasad was seen walking towards the bushes. He was later found hanging from a tree.

Ms Sharma’s 11-year-old son, whose name has been withheld, was really shaken by the alleged incident, and was seen shivering.

“This is the worst day of my life; I will never forget this incident,” he told Fiji Sun.

“I am so scared; even my father is not at home.”

Fiji Sun spoke to Mr Prasad’s 16-year-old granddaughter, who wished to remain anonymous.

She alleged a dispute about land and money led her grandfather to stab her 37-year-old mother.

“For the past one month we have had disputes over land and money in the family, and during the past two weeks it was getting worse,” the teenager said.

“For the last two days my grandfather has been creating so much problem over money. My grandfather was angry on my mother over the money. On Saturday after so much fighting, my father packed his clothes and left the house. We didn’t know where he went.”

She said her mother was fed up too and decided to leave the house yesterday.

“It was in the afternoon after 1:30pm when I was sitting with my mother and brother in the sitting room. My grandfather was outside, and he was sharpening a knife,” she said.

“My mother was drinking tea when my grandfather, holding the knife in one hand, said he would “finish everyone’s game today” and then he attacked my mother.

“He stabbed my mother several times with the knife, on her hand and head. While trying to save herself, my mother ran outside.

“I screamed for help while my brother ran and called our neighbours. Our neighbours saved my mother and a Police officer who was at the scene took my mother to the hospital,” she said.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro told Fiji Sun last night the Mrs Sharma was still admitted at the Navua Hospital.

The family neighbour, Roneel Lal, was first at the scene.

He said: “We wanted to capture my Prasad but we were scared because he had a knife.

“After sending their mother to the hospital, I took the children to my house because we were frightened Mr Prasad would come back and attack the children,” he said.

The teenager added: “While my neighbours were busy trying to take my mother to the hospital, my grandfather took a rope and went towards the bush. Some people went to look for him and found him hanging from a tree.”

When Fiji Sun arrived in Navua, Police officers were trying to recover the body of Mr Prasad from the bush, which was at least 200 metres away from the family home.

The children’s father, Ajan Prasad, 36, returned home at around 8pm.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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