Crime

Police: Accused Admitted Intentions To Kill In Caution Interview

It is alleged that Khan tied herself up with her four-year-old daughter and then drove their car off the road and into the Rewa River on May 6, 2018.
10 Jul 2019 18:31
Police: Accused Admitted Intentions To Kill In Caution Interview
Rozleen Razia Khan.

 

A witness in a murder case has said that the accused person on trial revealed that she wanted to kill herself and her daughter. This was revealed by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions’ first witness, who said the accused admitted this in her caution interview.

The trial of Rozleen Razia Khan, is being presided by Judge Justice Vinsent Perera at the High Court in Suva. Khan has pleaded not guilty.

It is alleged that Khan tied herself up with her four-year-old daughter and then drove their car off the road and into the Rewa River on May 6, 2018.

Police Corporal Susana Yaca yesterday read the 192 question and answer document of the caution interview. Ms Yaca was the interviewing officer at the time of Khan’s arrest.

Khan had stated in the interview that a few days before the incident, she went to Labasa to her friend’s house and when she returned, she had an argument with her husband.

She stated that on the day of the alleged incident she was sleeping when her husband came home with two Police officers who handed her their children’s custody documents and informed her of the contents.

She had asked the Police officers whether she could keep her youngest daughter with her because her daughter was attached to her.

However, she was told that her husband had the custody of her children.

Khan stated that on the day of the alleged incident, May 6, 2018, around 5.30pm, she asked her husband for the vehicle keys to which he refused to give, but she saw the keys in the vehicle.

She drove towards Kasavu, Naitasiri, while her four-year-old daughter was sitting beside her in the passenger seat.

Khan was said to have had called her mother and spoke to her who allegedly told her that they had no place for her. She then drove back towards Nausori Town and stopped her car near Kasavu where she allegedly planned to kill herself and her four-year-old daughter.

Khan stated she tried to drive the car into the river near Kasavu bend, but it got stuck. She then called her husband to say she had damaged the vehicle.

In her caution interview, Khan stated she tied her daughter to herself with a scarf and jumped into the river because she wanted to kill herself and her daughter. However, they started floating.

After a certain time she started calling for help and two men came to her rescue in their boat.

She said by then her daughter was motionless.

The two men took the child to the hospital where the doctors examined and informed Khan that her daughter was dead.

Khan said she wanted both herself and her daughter to drown together, not to be separated.

The trial continues before Justice Perera today.

Edited by Percy Kean

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