Crime

Witness Recalls Accused Punching Deceased

The trial involves Noa Ravutanasau, 35, and Melaci Tikomairarotoga, 25, who appeared before High Court Judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe in Suva on Monday.
06 Nov 2019 12:07
Witness Recalls Accused Punching Deceased
Melaci Tikomairarotoga and Noa Ravutanasau outside the High Court in Suva on November 5, 2019. Photo: Ashna Kumar

A State witness in a murder trial told the court that he had seen one of the two accused persons punch the victim.

The trial involves Noa Ravutanasau, 35, and Melaci Tikomairarotoga, 25, who appeared before High Court Judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe in Suva on Monday.

The two allegedly assaulted the 30-year-old victim outside the service station after a night out of drinking, which resulted in his death. The alleged incident happened on November 30, 2017 at around 6.15am outside the Total Service Station car park in Suva.

Ravutanasau and Tikomairarotoga are charged with the murder of Rusiate Vakalakovi.

State witness Sekope Meli told the court that he saw Ravutanasau kick Vakalakovi three times in the stomach. He told the court that when it happened, he was caught by surprise and agreed that a lot of people were standing around watching the alleged incident. He also said it happened suddenly and after the nightclubs had closed.

He also told the court that he heard Ravutanasau allegedly swore at Vakalakovi in the iTaukei language and when he was kicking Vakalakovi, people were shouting for him to stop.

He also agreed to the statement by defence that when he gave his statement to the Police on December 12, 2017, the alleged incident was fresh in his mind and that he gave the statement on his own free will.

Yesterday, the State called their third witness, Dharmendra Prasad, a taxi driver. Mr Prasad told the court that it was about 6am and with some light outside, when he saw a built man and a woman fighting with Mr Vakalakovi.

He told the court that his passenger had gone out and brought Mr Vakalakovi into the taxi. Mr Prasad recalled that Mr Vakalakovi had informed them that he was not bleeding, however, he had told him that he was hurt and sustained injuries.

Mr Prasad told the court that when the Police officers came, with the help of his passenger, took him to the Police patrol car.

The trial continues before Justice Rajasinghe.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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