Crime

Accused Mother Says She Was Not Aware of What She Was Doing

Khan also revealed in court that she had another relationship apart from her husband which was for five years
12 Jul 2019 16:23
Accused Mother Says She Was Not Aware of What She Was Doing
Rozleen Razia Khan.

Murder accused, Rozleen Razia Khan, took the witness stand during her trial at the High Court in Suva yesterday.

She said that she was not aware of what she was doing at the time of the alleged offence.

The trial of Khan is presided by Justice Vinsent Perera.

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

She is represented by lawyer Gavin O’Driscoll and the State prosecution from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions were represented by Susan Serukai and Shirley Tivao.

Khan told the court that she could not understand what was going on and during the caution interview, she said all that was asked of her.

She told the court that she remembered seeing Dr Kiran Gaikward, a medical superintendent at St Giles Hospital, who had visited her at the Remand Centre.

Khan told the court that she had only met Dr Gaikward for about 10 minutes at the centre. However, she told the court that she knew him from Labasa where she used to go to the hospital for medical check-up.

She told the court that she would not recall about the incident and that the only thing that went through her mind was that the river was the only place where she could be with her daughter.

Khan also revealed in court that she had another relationship apart from her husband which was for five years.

During cross examination by Ms Serukai, Khan told the court that on the day of the alleged incident (May 6, 2018), she had full control of her vehicle, however, she told the court that she did not know what she was doing.

Khan told the court that the thought of killing herself and her daughter was the last conclusion she could come to after she was served with the documents of her children’s custody.

She told the court that her husband and her family knew that Khan had an extra-marital affair.

Khan told the court that after the argument with her husband, she was not angry but was sad and had no one beside her to help her in the situation.

She told the court that after her vehicle went off the road, she had called her husband. However, he did not answer the call. She told the court that she had no other option and took her daughter with her and jumped into the Rewa River.

Khan told the court that at that material time, all she could think of was to be with her daughter.

The trial continues before Justice Perera today.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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