Crime & Court

Man Accused Of Burning Neighbour’s House Will Know His Fate Tomorrow

On December 26, 2019, between 1 am and 3 am, Tubuna arrived home drunk and was confronted by his wife. His wife asked him not to be angry with her, before confessing that she had an extramarital affair with the complainant in 2015.
04 Jun 2020 14:42
Man Accused Of Burning Neighbour’s House Will Know His Fate Tomorrow
Akuila Tubuna outside the High Court in Suva on June 3, 2020. Photo: Ashna Kumar

A 34-year-old man, who is alleged to have burnt his neighbour’s house after a marital dispute, will be sentenced by the High Court in Suva tomorrow.

Akuila Tubuna, charged with one count of arson, appeared before Justice Daniel Goundar at the High Court in Suva yesterday. He had pleaded guilty.

On December 26, 2019, at Nasinu Village in Tailevu, the accused allegedly set fire to the house of Tevita Tukanivatu, 32.

Tubuna had questioned his wife of having an extramarital affair with the complainant, to which she agreed. A furious Tubuna then set fire to the complainant’s house.

In the summary of facts read out by the State prosecutor in court yesterday, it was heard that on December 24, 2019, the complainant had securely locked his house and made his way to a nearby village to spend Christmas.

On December 26, 2019, between 1 am and 3 am, Tubuna arrived home drunk and was confronted by his wife. His wife asked him not to be angry with her, before confessing that she had an extramarital affair with the complainant in 2015.

This angered him, and he took a gallon of kerosene, poured it into an empty butter container and headed straight to the complainant’s empty house.

Upon reaching the complainant’s house, Tubuna managed to gain entry into the house and took the container of kerosene and poured it onto the mat, after doing so, Tubuna started setting the mats on fire with a gaslighter.

The complainant heard about what happened and quickly returned to Nasinu Village, while at the village, the complainant helplessly watched as his house burned down.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

Feedback: ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj



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