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Court Finds Woman Guilty Of Manslaughter

A 26-year-old Nasinu woman has been found guilty of manslaughter by the High Court in Suva. Sangeeta Devi appeared before Justice Vinsent Perera. She was initially charged with murder involving
23 Sep 2018 12:53
Court Finds Woman Guilty Of Manslaughter

A 26-year-old Nasinu woman has been found guilty of manslaughter by the High Court in Suva.

Sangeeta Devi appeared before Justice Vinsent Perera.

She was initially charged with murder involving her newborn baby boy. On January 9, 2016, Devi gave birth to the baby at their home in Khalsa Road. She wrapped the baby using a bedsheet and then placed the bedsheet in the bath­room. The newborn died from suf­focation. After a one-day trial be­fore Justice Perera, the assessors returned a guilty opinion, which was upheld by Justice Perera.

During the summing up of the trial and evidence of three prosecu­tion witnesses, Justice Perera said: “If the assessors do not find Devi guilty of the murder charge, the as­sessors have to establish if she was guilty for a lesser charge, which is manslaughter.”

“Devi had delivered the baby at her home in Nasinu. She had caused or was reckless in causing the death of the baby.”

Devi, who is married with four children, was remanded in cus­tody after Justice Perera delivered his judgement. The matter was ad­journed for sentencing on Monday at 2.30pm.

Ashna Kumar

Edited by Epineri Vula

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