Crime & Court

Murder Trial: Man Testifies Against Childhood Friend

Tevita Kunawave is charged with murder, which allegedly took place on October 27, 2019, in Nabua.
05 Nov 2020 09:39
Murder Trial: Man Testifies Against Childhood Friend
Former soldier, Tevita Veicavuyaki Kunawave outside the High Court in Suva on November 4, 2020. Photo: Ashna Kumar

The childhood friend of a man, who is accused of killing his four-month-old daughter by throwing a concrete at her, testified against the accused in the High Court in Suva yesterday.

Tevita Kunawave is charged with murder, which allegedly took place on October 27, 2019, in Nabua.

Joeli Vulavu, said he heard Kunawave, a former soldier, and his wife fighting on the day.

He said he met Kunawave on October 26 at the home of the accused.

He said there were a few, with him, who joined the drinking party, then they went to Makoi, then a nightclub in Suva, a motel and then back to Kunawave’s home.

At this point only two people were drinking. However, Mr Vulavu recalled how Kunawave removed the burglar bars and louvre blades to enter the house as the doors were locked.

He said at this point only Kunawave’s wife and his children were inside the house.

When Kunawave gained entrance, he allegedly heard him punching his wife.

Mr Vulavu said he called Kunawave outside and the two continued to drink. He said other members of his family including his sister-in-law, wife’s friend and daughter, returned from church.

He said around 5pm on October 27, 2019, Kunawave tried to enter the house but could not because his wife had closed and locked the doors.

Mr Vulavu said women allegedly swore from inside the house and this was exchanged by Kunawave.

He said he could not see what was happening inside the house as he was really drunk and was dozing off to sleep.

He said he heard the window break, but did not see what was going on.

Mr Vulavu said this was followed by Kunawave’s wife running outside and speaking to him.

He said Kunawave’s sister-in-law held the baby in her arms and left with his wife.

Mr Vulavu also told the court that Kunawave allegedly did not throw the concrete block.

The trial continues before Justice Daniel Goundar today.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa


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