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Sigatoka Double Homicide: ‘We Want Justice’- Children Of Slain Retired Couple

Daughter Rani Reddy, 41, said they received full co-operation from the United States of America Embassy as well as the Police in Sigatoka.
06 Feb 2021 11:40
Sigatoka Double Homicide: ‘We Want Justice’- Children Of Slain Retired Couple
Happy Days ... Rani Reddy with her parents Sesha Reddy and Mirdu Reddy.

Children of slain couple Sesha and Mirdu Reddy want justice.

The grisly murders took place in Lawai, Sigatoka, last weekend. The bodies of the couple which showed severe injuries including blunt force trauma were found last weekend in their home in Lawai.

Police have classified this as a double homicide.

Police have told the family the immediate cause of death could be severe traumatic head injuries and the cause of injuries was blunt force trauma.

Daughter Rani Reddy, 41, said they received full co-operation from the United States of America Embassy as well as the Police in Sigatoka.

“We have complete confidence we will bring our parents justice – we will not stop until we do,” she said.

“My brother, Raja and I, are of course devastated about what happened to our parents who returned from the USA to this beautiful country to give back, invest in the Fijian economy, and enjoy retirement together.

“But who would have thought their safety, freedom, and lives were completely taken away from them?”

Mr Reddy celebrated his 69th birthday on January 13. Ms Reddy said her father wanted to return to the USA to see a dying friend.

“The last time I talked to my dad was on Monday, January 25,” she said.

“It was to tell him that one of his best friends was facing his final days because of pancreatic cancer.

“At the time, my dad was planning to return to the United States as soon as he could to be there for his friend.”

The final rites for the two will be held today in Sigatoka. Their children and other family members will join via a live feed.

Motive

Police have been quiet on what could be the motive behind the brutal killings.

A family member even suggested that it had to be someone who knew Mr Reddy.

Neighbour, Narendra Narayan, said there were surveillance cameras at the Reddy property but he was told that the wires for the cameras were cut off.

It is believed that the property was broken into almost two years ago and those responsible had been harassing the couple.

Matters discussed with Police by family members included an argument Mr Reddy had with someone associated with work on his property.

Police also spoke to Lawai Village elders where it was discussed that the relationship between them and the Reddys had not been favourable.

It is said that many a time Mr Reddy had called the Ministry of Agriculture to confiscate cattle and livestock which had been roaming his property.

Mr Reddy was in the process of subdividing his 110-acre freehold property as residential lots which he called Tokalau Pointe.

No arrests have been made.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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