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22-year-old Son Held Builder When He Died

A 22-year-old man was still reeling from weakness a day after holding his construction worker father till he died after falling from the roof of the Suva Hotel on Wednesday.
13 Jan 2017 10:50
22-year-old Son Held Builder When He Died
Camari Dauna with two of her seven children.

A 22-year-old man was still reeling from weakness a day after holding his construction worker father till he died after falling from the roof of the Suva Hotel on Wednesday.

“He gave his last breath in my arms,” said Janul Abid who along with his nine-year-old brother Rizwan Dean accompanied their father Anul Hafizu Dean, 46, to work that day.

Mr Dean fell to his death from the roof of the three storey hotel at the junction of Marks Street and Waimanu Road in central Suva City.

He was repairing a leak when the transparent polycarbonate roof gave way from the top of the building.

Mr Dean was working for a Chinese owned construction firm.

“The last thing he told me was to hold the ladder and wait for him inside the building,” Mr Abid said.

“After a few minutes when I looked up to the roof where he was, I could see a big hole and I was looking directly to the sky.

“My dad was on the floor.

“While I was holding my dad, all I wished for was for him to live.”

His mother Camari Dauna said his son was very weak from Wednesday till yesterday.

“When I saw my husband (body) today, I wished I could keep him with me,” she said.

“I will cry everyday because I will really miss him.”

Ms Camari said only the Lord would be her help from now.

The mother of seven has been a stroke patient for three years.

“God has taken him to a better place,” she said.

The late Mr Dean’s younger sister, 38-year-old Marian Mario, said for all of her life she had been staying with him.

“Everyone in the family will miss him,” she said.

“We were very close and from now on I will be here to support his wife and their children.”

Ms Mario said she would always be there and for her nieces and nephews whenever they needed her.

“I will make sure I take good care of them and will always support my sister-in-law,” she said.

The late Mr Dean was laid to rest yesterday at the Nasinu Cemetery.

Edited By Rusiate Mataika

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