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Woman Left Devastated After Seeing Body Of Twin Grandson She Raised Up

The last thing any grandmother would want on Christmas Day is to see the battered, lifeless and bloodied body of their grandson. For 67-year-old Khatun Sami, of Delaitomuka in Lautoka,
27 Dec 2017 12:52
Woman Left Devastated  After Seeing Body Of Twin Grandson She Raised Up
The home at Koroipita where the alleged incident took place. Photo: Charles Chambers

The last thing any grandmother would want on Christmas Day is to see the battered, lifeless and bloodied body of their grandson.

For 67-year-old Khatun Sami, of Delaitomuka in Lautoka, that scene will forever be embedded in her memory.

Her grandson, Kunal Kamlesh Sami, 25, was lying on a stretcher at Lautoka Hospital, covered with a white sheet.

“A neighbour told me that my grandson was injured and he was in the hospital,” she said.

She rushed to hospital immediately, because Kunal and his twin brother, Karun, were brought up by her from when they were just seven-months-old.

“I clothed them, fed them, sent them to school and looked after them as if they were my sons,” Mrs Sami said.

“Their parents had separated so I brought them up.”

The deceased was the victim of an alleged assault that took place at his defacto partner’s home at Koroipita Settlement in Naikabula, Lautoka, said Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro,

A man, she said, is in Police custody undergoing questioning on the incident, which happened just after lunch on Christmas Day.

“I arrived at the hospital and was told Kunal was dead,” Ms Sami said,

“I walked to the stretcher, and slowly lifted the cloth to see the battered and bloodied body of my grandson. I could not even hug him because he was injured badly.”

Ms Sami said she walked out of the hospital and cried out loud for her grandson.

For Karun, having lost his twin brother was something he was finding hard to believe.

“We came from a broken family and was brought up by our grandmother and always looked out for each other,” the twin said.

“I will really miss him, especially being my twin.”

It is believed the deceased received serious injuries to his head and chest after allegedly being beaten repeatedly with a piece of timber, Ms Naisoro said.

The post mortem was carried out yesterday and the accused is expected to front court this week.

Ms Naisoro said the matter was referred to Police by Lautoka Hospital personnel after the victim was brought to the hospital after 4pm.

It was alleged that Kunal and the man in custody had been drinking when an argument arose.

Ms Naisoro has urged members of the public to enjoy themselves responsibly.

“There are a lot of parties that would be happening right up to the New Year and alcohol related crimes have often led to tragedy,” she said.

Edited by Percy Kean

Feedback: charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

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