Crime & Court

Rotuman Murder Accused To Argue Self-Defence

He is alleged to have killed a man following a drinking party in the island on December 19, last year.
06 Jun 2020 09:37
Rotuman Murder Accused To Argue Self-Defence
Suliana Kafoa, 34, at the Suva High Court on June 5, 2020. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

The defence lawyer in the murder case against a Rotuman man will argue that he acted in self-defence when he beat up the victim.

Suliana Kafoa, 34, is charged with one count of murder.

He is alleged to have killed a man following a drinking party in the island on December 19, last year.

State prosecutor Sadaf Shameem said they had considered the representation made by the defence to reduce the charge, however, the prosecution would continue with the charge of murder.

She said during the drinking party an argument arose after which the victim left.

However, the accused went after the victim and allegedly punched him twice while he was standing up and once when he was on the ground.

She added there was evidence that the accused was drunk when he committed the alleged offence.

Prosecution will call between 10 to 12 witnesses to testify during trial.

His lawyer, Lice Manulevu, said they would not be challenging the admissibility of her clients caution interview because he was not assaulted, however, they contend that the accused was still in a state of shock when Police interviewed him.

Ms Manulevu told Justice Daniel Goundar that the accused was standing with another when he was approached by the victim and another man and out of fear that they would attack him he threw the first punch.

She said the victim was still breathing when her client left the scene and he was sleeping on the ground.

The case has been adjourned to August 24 to fix a trial date.

Defence will file a formal bail application once they sort out sureties for the accused.

He has been further remanded in custody.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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