Crime & Court

Kunawave’s Friend ‘Tried To Protect Him’

The officer, Maciu Saqanavere explained in court that he did not call the Police after he arrived at the crime scene because he had wanted to protect Kunawave.
06 Nov 2020 08:57
Kunawave’s Friend ‘Tried To Protect Him’
Former soldier, Tevita Veicavuyaki Kunawave outside the High Court in Suva on November 4, 2020. Photo: Ashna Kumar

A Military Police officer and colleague of the man, who is accused of killing his four-month-old daughter by throwing a concrete block at her, testified against his fellow mate yesterday.

Tevita Kunawave, 27, who is charged with the murder of his daughter in Nabua appeared before Justice Daniel Goundar yesterday for the third day of his trial.

The officer, Maciu Saqanavere explained in court that he did not call the Police after he arrived at the crime scene because he had wanted to protect Kunawave.

He told the court that it was his responsibility to take care of his colleague’s safety because he was worried that the accused’s family might harm him.

Nr Saqanavere said that he had allowed Kunawave to go inside his house, and change before they took him to the military barracks.

He also told the court that he did not know when Kunawave was released from the Military Police.

When asked whether he or his colleagues had searched the property where the alleged incident took place, Mr Sawanavere told the court that it was not his or his colleagues’ duties to search.

The medical officer, who was based at Raiwaqa Health Centre at the time when Kunawave’s medical examination was conducted, told the court that there were no injuries noted on him.

Doctor and general practitioner, Taranaiviri Seru told the court that Police had taken Kunawave to the Raiwaqa Health Centre where she was based in October 2019. She told the court that she did not find any injuries on Kunawave after examining him.

Dr Seru also told the court that Kunawave had recalled everything leading up to the incident of October 27, 2019. The trial continues today.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

Feedback: ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj



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