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14-18 Years Imprisonment Suggested For Devi

  Director of Public Prosecutions lawyer Juleen Fatiaki yesterday suggested a minimum sentence between 14 to 18 years imprisonment for murder accused Marriane Premila Devi. Ms Fatiaki made the suggestion
21 Jun 2018 10:00
14-18 Years Imprisonment Suggested For Devi
Marriane Premila Devi after High Court Judge Salesi Temo found her guilty of murder on June 20, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar

 

Director of Public Prosecutions lawyer Juleen Fatiaki yesterday suggested a minimum sentence between 14 to 18 years imprisonment for murder accused Marriane Premila Devi.

Ms Fatiaki made the suggestion during a sentence hearing after High Court judge Justice Salesi Temo convicted Devi, 43, after finding her guilty of murdering her de facto partner.

Devi caused the death of Bal Krishna Naidu, 34, by throwing kerosene on him and setting him on fire on November 17, 2016.

She faces life imprisonment with a minimum term to be decided by Justice Temo before pardon maybe considered.

Devi’s lawyer Lisiate Qetaki agreed with the Prosecution’s suggestion and asked the Court to consider imposing a minimum sentence between 14 to 15 years imprisonment.

In his judgment, Justice Temo found that the evidence of the Prosecution witnesses were credible and accepted the doctor’s evidence on the cause of death.

He said he accepted Devi’s confession to the doctor at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital that she poured kerosene on her partner and set him alight.

Justice Temo said Devi lit the old newspaper on fire inside the kitchen and intended to burn the deceased adding that he rejected her suggestion that she accidentally lit him on fire and that she was provoked by the deceased to burn him.

He also rejected Devi’s sworn denials and stated that Devi was not a credible witness and she was too evasive.

Ms Fatiaki submitted that Devi was a first offender and had no previous convictions.

Mr Qetaki submitted in mitigation that the offence was not premeditated and it was a spur of the moment occurrence.

He said his client had spent a total of one year and seven months in remand.

Devi will be sentenced in the High Court today.

She has been further remanded in custody.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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