Remanded Inmate Masirewa Died Upon Arrival At Lautoka Hospital

Meanwhile, Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said they were conducting investigations following claims that he was beaten up.
15 Apr 2020 10:59
Remanded Inmate Masirewa Died Upon Arrival At Lautoka Hospital
The late Jone Masirewa.

The 35-year-old remand inmate, who was on his way to the hospital because of an ailment died upon arrival. His wife was expecting their first child.

Leta Marama, the aunt of Jone Masirewa, said she had adopted her nephew and his sister at a very young age.

“I found out about his death when the Police came yesterday (Monday), they sat and one of them told me they were here with Kava and that Jone had passed, they were very respectful.

“Masirewa loved and cared for me so much but he hardly spoke.

“If he wanted something he spoke to me respectfully but the only bad thing was his addiction to drugs.

“I always told him that he was the source of his problems because of this,” she said.

“I told him to leave that lifestyle and look after me as I have bad eyesight now and his wife is heavily pregnant and will be giving birth this coming month.”

Meanwhile, Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said they were continuing investigations.

“The victim was in remand on Monday at the Lautoka Corrections Center when he said he was not feeling well and was taken to the Lautoka Hospital. Upon arrival at the hospital, he was pronounced dead by health officials.”

Mr Masirewa is survived by his wife, aunty and sister.

Commissioner of Police Clarifies

Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said social media users must remember that they will be held responsible for sharing posts which contain false information.

“The victim was in remand for a case of burglary and not as claimed for breaching curfew,” he said.

“Initial information gathered by investigators is that the author of the original post is overseas however this will not stop our Cybercrime team who will look into those who have widely shared the post locally.

“This is why we have always reiterated the need for social media users to be cautious about the information they post and share, as freedom of expression also comes with responsibility.

“We have always cautioned people to be careful about sharing posts without verifying the information and while the original author is sitting comfortably in his home overseas, social media users in Fiji who are sharing the post will be investigated.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa


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