Crime

Military Man Denies Trying To Drown Partner, Trial Starts

The complainant said she was deeply in love with him and gave him a loan because he had told her that he was in need of money.
19 Nov 2019 11:52
Military Man Denies Trying To Drown Partner, Trial Starts
Accused Rajiv Krishnan Padyachi, 30, outside the High Court in Suva on November 18, 2019. Photo: Ashna Kumar

A soldier charged with one count of attempted murder pleaded not guilty at the High Court in Suva yesterday.

Rajiv Krishnan Padyachi, 30, appeared before Judge Justice Chamath Morais.

He is alleged to have attempted to drown his 35-year-old partner in Colo-i-Suva on September 15, 2018.

State prosecutor Shirley Tivao said the complainant and Padyachi were in a relationship prior to the alleged incident.

She said the complainant had loaned the accused a substantial amount of money and sought for it to be returned.

Ms Tivao said on September 15, 2018, Padiyachi attempted to murder the complainant in Colo-i-Suva.

She said the plan failed because Police officers having a drill in the area rescued the complainant.

First prosecution witness

The 37-year-old complainant was presented as the first prosecution witness.

She told the court that she knew Padyachi since November 2017, and was introduced through her cousin.

The complainant said she was deeply in love with him and gave him some loan because Padyachi had told her that he was in need of the money.

She told the court that she loaned him more than $80,000. The complainant also told the court that it was on December 7, 2017, when Padyachi told her that he had fallen in love with her.

The prosecution witness said she thought it was alright to have the relationship and loaned him the money.

She said Padyachi had cried when they had a chat and told her that he never had the opportunity to grow in life and he had all the skills but never had the money.

She said Padyachi had told her that he had an IT business and it required him to invest a lot of money before he could reap the benefits.

She told the court that over time she had loaned him over $80,000.

She said whenever she confronted him to return the money, the accused claimed that he had deposited it into her account, but she never received any money.

She said she had accompanied Padyachi to the Colo-i-Suva on September 15, 2018.

She said on the day she took a cab to Superfresh Supermarket and got in the accused’s car at 7.44 am.

She said that when they reached the gate of the Colo-i-Suva Rainforest Park, it was closed and they then went to the Forestry office.

She told the court that once they were in the carpark, Padyachi asked her to change her clothes as she was wearing a dress.

The complainant also told the court that she did not know how to swim and the accused was fully aware of it.

She said she knew the accused knew how to swim because he had told her that swimming was part of military training.

The trial continues today.

Bail for Padyachi was extended.

Edited by Shalveen Chand

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