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Tokalau Gives Evidence

A man charged with manslaughter gave evidence yesterday at the High Court in Suva. Charge: Kelevi Tokalau is alleged to have caused the death of Saula Sucu at O’Reilly’s Night Club
16 Mar 2017 11:03
Tokalau Gives Evidence
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A man charged with manslaughter gave evidence yesterday at the High Court in Suva.

Charge: Kelevi Tokalau is alleged to have caused the death of Saula Sucu at O’Reilly’s Night Club in Suva on April 26, 2015.

Tokalau was the bouncer of the club at the time of the offence.

The matter was called before Judge Justice Salesi Temo.

Defence lawyer Neel Shivam asked Tokalau to relate the events of that day.

Tokalau said on that day, while he was carrying a drunk girl out of the club, he saw a youth (the deceased) enter the club through the smoke room window.

Mr Shivam showed the court the CCTV footage of that morning in court, from which he continued to question Tokalau.

Tokalau said he had asked the deceased why he had entered through the window and while asking, he noticed that the deceased had blood shot eyes, as if he were high on drugs.

He further said the deceased, when entering the smoke room from the window, nearly jumped onto a man who was wearing a check shirt.

The man had offered to take the deceased out of the club as he was angry about the deceased for his point of entry, to which Tokalau told the court that he told the man to not do anything as he would do it himself.

He continued that the deceased tried to punch him when he and another waiter were taking him out of the club, and he had punched the deceased’s stomach.

Tokalau told the court that while he was getting the deceased out of the club he felt that his body was heavy. He then lifted the deceased by holding his armpit.

Mr Shivam asked Tokalau what had happened when the deceased was brought out, to which he replied that the deceased was left beside the wall of the club as the railings were over crowded.

He further said that he went back inside the club to get a jug of water and poured it on the deceased’s head. He saw that the deceased was spitting the water out.

While they were standing beside the deceased, the head of security, Michael Campbell, told them to go back inside the club, while he would stay outside.

The case continues today.

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