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Accused Tells Court: Why I Defended Myself

Senilagakali said: “I want to say I did it for my safety. I took it for a reason. He followed me and wanted to burn me or kill me.”
18 Nov 2020 15:43
Accused Tells Court: Why I Defended Myself
Theresa Senilagakali appears in court. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

A woman, who is charged for one count of grievous bodily harm, yesterday told the court she acted in self defence.

Theresa Senilagakali of Kinoya, Nasinu, appeared before Magistrate Nirosha Kannangara of the Nadi Magistrates Court.

The 23-year-old said that the complainant, David Kuppuswamy, allegedly abducted her from Suva and was involved in a drug ring.

Senilagakali said: “I want to say I did it for my safety. I took it for a reason. He followed me and wanted to burn me or kill me.”

It is alleged that Senilagakali stabbed Mr Kuppuswamy multiple times at Sariyawa, Momi on November 15.

Legal Aid Commission lawyer Ronisha Chand represented the accused. She informed the court that her client had grievous wounds on parts of her body including her thighs.

Police prosecutor Inspector Theodore Lew objected to bail for the safety of the accused.

The court heard that the complainant was recovering at the Lautoka hospital.

Magistrate Kannangara said the accused needed to be medically examined at the hospital.

The matter has been adjourned for mention at the Nadi Magistrate Court on November 24.

The accused was further remanded.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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