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Witness tells court that he saw victim fall backwards

  A prosecution witness in a manslaughter trial heard before the High Court in Suva yesterday told the court that he saw Savenaca Masi fall onto the ground backwards. The
10 May 2017 12:34
Witness tells court that he saw victim fall backwards
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A prosecution witness in a manslaughter trial heard before the High Court in Suva yesterday told the court that he saw Savenaca Masi fall onto the ground backwards.

The case was called before Judge Justice Vincent Perera.

It is alleged that on November 26, 2014, at Nadonumai in Lami, Sekope Toduadua (father), James Netani, Josese Rainima Tawake, Netani Takelo and Sekope Sivoduadua Toduadua (son) killed Savenaca Masi.

Defence lawyer Priya Lal is representing Toduadua (father), Netani is represented by Christina Choy, Tawake is represented by Panapasa Tawake, Takelo is represented by Swarvana Prakesh and Toduadua (son) is represented by Aarti Prakesh.

The state prosecution was represented by Jullen Fatiaki and Eoghan Samisoni.

 

Prosecution witness two: Kilisai Toroca

A resident of Nadonumai, Kilisai Toroca, who had witnessed the alleged fight on November 26, 2014 told the court that he saw Masi fall backwards on the ground.

“Sekope lifted him up and made him sit and then they called the ambulance,” said Mr Toroca.

During cross examination, Ms Lal confirmed the relationship between Masi and Sekope.

Mr Toroca confirmed that Sekope and Masi were related through Sekope’s wife.

Ms Lal further questioned Mr Toroca about Masi’s drinking habits, to which he said Masi used to drink a lot of alcohol. He denied that Masi used to fight with villagers when he was drunk.

A landscaper, Eliakilli Mumu, a state prosecution witness on Monday had told the court that he saw the five men attack Masi on September 25, 2014.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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