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Vunakece Fronts Court For Allegedly Killing Partner

Vunakece is alleged to have murdered Laite Maba in their home at Nanuku Settlement, Vatuwaqa on Sunday, October 24, 2021.
28 Oct 2021 11:10
Vunakece Fronts Court For Allegedly Killing Partner
Nanuku murder accused, Sinaniolo Vunakece 44 escorted to Court in Suva on 27, October 2021. Photo: Ronald Kumar

There was an active interim Domestic Violence Restraining Order against murder accused Sivaniolo Vunakece when he allegedly stabbed his de facto partner to death.

This was revealed in the Magistrates Court in Suva yesterday when the accused appeared before Magistrate Waleen George charged with murder.

Vunakece is alleged to have murdered Laite Maba in their home at Nanuku Settlement, Vatuwaqa on Sunday, October 24, 2021.

The DVRO against him was issued early this year on February 22nd when he was charged with Assault Causing Grievous Harm involving the same victim.

Vunakece told Magistrate George that he was ordered to stay 100 metres away from his partner Laite.

However, he claims she kept going back to him.

Full disclosures were served to him by prosecution and it objected to bail on the grounds that he was charged with an indictable offence and for the safety of the witnesses who were his neighbours.

Vunakece pleaded with the court to grant him bail saying he has no intention of interfering with prosecution witnesses and he will relocate to Lami and live with his sister.

Magistrate George refused bail and remanded him in custody because there is a likelihood that he will interfere with witnesses and because the offence is indictable in nature.

The case has been transferred to the High Court in Suva for first call at 9am on November 10.

The accused has been advised to lodge a formal bail application in the High Court and to submit his application to the Legal Aid Commission.

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