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Qiliho: Murder Cases Revisited

Police are revisiting murder files, which are part of out­standing cases, in the hope there will be a breakthrough. But Police Commissioner Briga­dier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said they needed information from
31 Jan 2017 12:41
Qiliho: Murder Cases Revisited
The missing Russian couple... Yuri Shipulin and wife, Natalia. Their vehicle was later found abandoned at Natadola Beach with the car keys still in the ignition. INSET: The Russian couple’s vehicle covered in dust at the Nadi Police Station. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Police are revisiting murder files, which are part of out­standing cases, in the hope there will be a breakthrough.

But Police Commissioner Briga­dier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said they needed information from the public for them to make progress.

He said the task force that had been set up would be responsible in meticulously retracing the steps taken in the investigation and re­viewing evidence.

In the case of the murder of the Russian couple, investigation had reached a “dead end”.

Evidence gathered was circum­stantial and not conclusive, he said.

Among the many outstanding criminal cases being looked at in­clude:

  • The murder of Russian couple Yuri Shipulin and his wife Nataliya Gerasimova. Last year on June 16, the couple left their farm in the hills of Kachiquari, which is off a feeder road on the way to Nausori Highlands, in Nadi, sometimes af­ter midday.

Later that afternoon, the couple were spotted at Denarau Island having a few drinks.

On June 17, some security guards at Natadola Beach notified police after the vehicle, registration ‘PILOT’ was founded abandoned under some trees. Inside the vehicle, Police found clothing and a passport belonging to Ms Gerasimova.

Later body parts, confirmed as the couple’s were found at Natadola Beach floating in the water.

  •  A 12-year-old girl was found dead in her Samabula home, Suva, by her father on September 7, 2014 at around 8 am. It is believed that the girl was alone at home when the incident happened.
    Her father had gone for haircut and her mother was attending a church service.
  • On January 29, 2015 at around 6am, an employee found the body of Holland Seeto lying in a pool of blood.
    Mr Seeto, 59, was chief executive officer of the Lees Trading Company Limited. He died from stabbed wounds in Laucala Bay Estate, Suva.
    It is alleged that the man who murdered Mr Seeto was wearing a mask.   Mr Seeto is survived by his wife and two children.
  •  Police discovered a burnt body of a Vinod Patel regional manager, Salesh Chand, in his company vehicle on June 8, last year.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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