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Firearm Found In Suspected Murder-Suicide Case In Lami

Credible information gathered so far from the victims’ family indicates the strong possibility of the case being classified as an alleged murder-suicide.
26 Mar 2019 20:06
Firearm Found In Suspected Murder-Suicide Case In Lami
Police remove the body of one of the couple found dead at their home in Lami. Photo: Ronald Kumar

A man believed to be in his 80s and a woman in her 60s were found dead at their home in Nagumu Point, Lami this morning.

Police continue their investigations and are treating the matter initially as a case of alleged murder suicide until the post
mortem is completed.

The victims were found by their son inside their room. Police confirmed they had visible injuries.

A firearm was also found at the scene.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the Forensic team was at the scene and it was early in the investigations to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident.

“The initial information gathered regarding the elderly couple found dead in their home in Lami this morning indicates an alleged murder suicide case.

“This is all subject to the outcome of investigations, however credible information gathered so far from the victims’ family indicates the strong possibility of the case being classified as so.

“However we must stress that the case will only be classified following the post mortem examination and once investigators gather necessary expertise statements from relevant
professionals.

“This will also include technical advice from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces as they were called into inspect a firearm found at the scene of crime,” Ms Naisoro said.

A security officer who had lived in the area for over 13 years, Isikeli Ratu, 57, said the incident was shocking as it was the first time such incident took place in the neighbourhood.
“I have known the couple for 13 years and they were very nice to everyone.
“The incident has left us in shock as we’ve never heard or experienced such incidents in the neighbourhood before.”

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