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How Did My Son Die?

Grieving mum seeks answers
28 Jan 2022 12:37
How Did My Son Die?
Shila Wati 72, seek answers as her her 35 year-old son, Steven Sachin Singh (pictured in phone) died and hios body was found in Toga Rewa on January 27, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

A grieving mother is counting on the Fiji Police Force to unravel the mystery surrounding her son’s death.

The body of Steven Sachin Singh, 35, was discovered at the edge of the Toga Bridge near Nausori by a group of men who were on their way to work on Wednesday morning.

Shila Wati, 72, is now seeking answers about what happened to her son, the father of her five grandchildren. She is wondering what that led to the gruesome discovery of his body.

Mr Singh, who was a home-based mechanic, left home at 11am on Tuesday morning without telling his family where he was going.

When the Fiji Sun visited their Nakasi family home yesterday, the sound of wailing from a distraught mother filled the home.

“He did not tell me where he was going, he left me without saying goodbye,” Ms Wati wailed.

“I had also lost a son a few years back and now another one is leaving me, this is so painful.

“I just need answers and I hope I will get them soon.”

Mr Singh’s widow Priya Devi recalled her last moments with her husband.

“On Tuesday morning he just had his breakfast and we were all just sitting around the house when he told me that he would just take a walk and he’d be right back,” Ms Devi said.

Late Steven Sachin Singh . Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Late Steven Sachin Singh . Photo: Ronald Kumar.

“That day he did not take any money or work tools so we thought he had just gone for a walk and he would be back home,” she said.

“He did not come that day and it went on into the night and we were worried so we started calling his phone and when we did his phone was switched off.”

Ms Devi said at 11am on Wednesday morning she had lodged a missing person’s report at the Nakasi Police Station because her husband was still not home.

“I called the Nakasi Police Station at 11am to report that he was missing and they told us that they were going to get back to us.

“Around 3.30pm on Wednesday afternoon we had a Police officer from Nausori Police Station that came home and he showed me the picture of my husband on the phone.

“When he showed it to me I told him that I knew him and that I was looking for him.

“So the Police officer asked if we could go together to the Nausori Police Station. He asked me if everything was okay between me and my husband and I said everything was fine and that we were on good terms.

Late Steven Sachin Singh's family, wife Priya Wati, Mother Shila Wati and five children, Viraj, Dev, Sanjana, Anjana and Anjali are seeking answers as their, son, husnabd and father died on January 27, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Late Steven Sachin Singh’s family, wife Priya Wati, Mother Shila Wati and five children, Viraj, Dev, Sanjana, Anjana and Anjali are seeking answers as their, son, husnabd and father died on January 27, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

“I told them that we did not fight about anything and that we were always talking about everything and anything and that we were always on good terms. It was then that they relayed the sad news that my husband was found dead.”

She said she would not rest until she found out about what led to her husband’s death.

“The day he went missing he had two phones, a button phone and a smartphone. When he was found there was no phone in his pocket.

“There were also visible injuries on his head that we could notice but it looked totally new. He didn’t have them when he left home on Tuesday.

“We want to know what happened, how he died. He didn’t take any money, but only his mobile phones and I really don’t know how he ended up in Toga, Rewa.”

Police Spokesperson Wame Bautolu confirmed that an autopsy would be carried today to ascertain the cause of death.

He could not confirm if there had been any suspects questioned by Police.

He added that as Police await the autopsy result, investigations continue.

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