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Man Who Caused Mum’s Death Jailed For Life

A 26-year-old man who pushed his mother onto the path of on­coming vehicles in a fierce dispute over mango sales has been sentenced to life in jail by the High
18 Nov 2018 10:35
Man Who Caused Mum’s Death Jailed For Life

A 26-year-old man who pushed his mother onto the path of on­coming vehicles in a fierce dispute over mango sales has been sentenced to life in jail by the High Court in Lautoka after being con­victed of murder.

On September 8, 2017, at about 6pm the accused Semi Bati and his 47-year-old mother were standing by the roadside of Queen’s Highway at Navutu, Lau­toka, selling mangoes.

An argument developed between the two and the accused pushed his mother onto oncoming traffic.

She was hit by a vehi­cle and suffered injuries, which resulted in her death on arrival at the Lautoka Hospital.

The post-mortem exami­nation report revealed that she suffered multiple trau­matic injuries and a rup­ture of the aorta.

Bati tried to flee the scene, but he was stopped by a farmer standing nearby.

He was arrested by Police and admitted the offence during questioning.

The accused submitted in mitigation that he was un­employed and single and had been living with his mother and stepfather until the tragic incident.

Passing sentence Justice Paul Madigan said ever since the accused was young, his educational and social welfare had been provided for him by Pacific Counselling and Social Wel­fare because his family had rejected him because of his sexual orientation, which they disapproved of.

He said a factor to be con­sidered was the fact that the accused was alienated from his family because of his sexual orientation issues which led to a prolonged pe­riod of stress.

Justice Madigan said the accused had been medically examined by psychiatrists and they found that he was of sound mind and under­stood the seriousness of his actions and the conse­quences.

Bati will serve a term of 12 years in jail before he can be considered for pardon.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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