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Identity Of Attackers Of Dead Tongan Not Clear: Security

  A security officer at the Dragon Nightclub could not clearly remember the identity nor clothes worn by the people involved in a fight where a Tongan University student was killed.
02 Mar 2017 12:31
Identity Of Attackers Of Dead Tongan Not Clear: Security
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A security officer at the Dragon Nightclub could not clearly remember the identity nor clothes worn by the people involved in a fight where a Tongan University student was killed.

Security officer Ravuama Vakaturagania was cross examined yesterday by defence lawyer, Sevuloni Valenitabua before Justice Salesi Temo at the High Court in Suva.

Nauruan national Julien Henrich denies one count of manslaughter over the death of 22-year-old Tongan university student, Sione Tufui on June 21, 2014.

It is alleged that Henrich was involved in the brawl involving a group of men which led to the death of Mr Tufui.

Mr Vakaturagania admitted in court that he was so engrossed with the fight that he was unable to see things clearly.

He told the court that he could not clearly see their faces nor their clothing.

Mr Vakaturagania said he saw eight to 10 people in the group who attacked Mr Tufui at the Dragon Nightclub in Suva.

Mr Valenitabua questioned Vakaturagania on whether he wrongfully identified people at the Totogo Police Station.

“Did you point at the wrong people who were not at the nightclub on the 21st of June 2014, the alleged incident?” asked Mr Valenitabua.

Mr Vakaturagania said he could not recall but he saw the accused at the nightclub.

Mr Vakaturagania stated in his Police statement on June 23, 2014; that he could not remember the faces as the incident happened quickly, but he saw a big man about 183 centimetres who was wearing a pompom.

Justice Temo refused to accept the witness’ Police statement as evidence.

Mr Vakaturagania said the man he saw punching Mr Tufia was a Nauruan national.

The second witness, a forensic pathologist Dr James Kalougivaki from the Fiji Police Forensics Science Division in Nasova, Nasese said the injuries sustained by Mr Tufia suffered from serious traumatic injuries and he had alcohol in his system.

According to the post mortem report, Mr Tufia sustained severe traumatic brain and head injuries that caused his death.

Mr Tufia also had two black eyes and hemorrhage in the brain, brain stem and upper and lower chest, said Dr James.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

Feedback:  monica.aguilar@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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