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Assessors Find Marrianne Premila Devi Guilty Of Murdering Husband

A 43-year-old woman was found guilty by three assessors in the Suva High Court yesterday for the murder of her 34-year-old de facto partner on November 17, 2016. The accused,
20 Jun 2018 10:00
Assessors Find Marrianne Premila Devi Guilty Of Murdering Husband
Murder accused Marrianne Premila Devi (left) outside the courthouse in Suva.

A 43-year-old woman was found guilty by three assessors in the Suva High Court yesterday for the murder of her 34-year-old de facto partner on November 17, 2016.

The accused, Marrianne Premila Devi, with the intention to cause the death of Bal Krishna, allegedly set fire to him causing his death on November 24, 2016.

Devi allegedly threw kerosene on her partner and set him alight in their Sakoca home.

During summing up Justice Salesi Temo told the assessors that it was up to them to choose which evidence they wanted to accept and reject.

He said their opinions were not binding on the court, but it would be given due consideration.

Justice Temo also told the assessors that Devi had no obligation to prove her innocence.

The court heard that the accused and the deceased were in a de facto relationship since 2009 and had a daughter together.

Justice Temo labelled their relationship as a “love hate” relationship.

He said verbal arguments between the couple were not unusual and they had previously taken out Domestic Violence Restraining Orders against each other.

He said prior to going to work on the day of the alleged incident, Devi gave her partner $150 to fix the rear windscreen of their taxi and also to buy kerosene.

When she returned home at 6pm she discovered that the deceased had used the money to buy alcohol instead.

She got upset and proceeded to pack her clothes with the intention to leave the house.

While she was packing, the deceased approached her in ther bedroom and an argument erupted between them.

In the heat of the moment the accused took a bowl of kerosene and threw it on the deceased.

She then went to the kitchen and lit an old newspaper on fire which the deceased came into contact with and it set his kerosene-soaked pants on fire.

Devi’s partner was rushed to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital where he was examined and was found to have sustained 80per cent burns on his body.

He later died at 11am on November 24, 2016.

In her evidence Devi admitted to throwing the bowl of kerosene on her partner, however she claimed that she did not have any intention to cause his death and it was all an accident.

Justice Temo will deliver his judgment today.

Devi has been further remanded in custody.  Edited by Percy Kean

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