Brother seeks answers
6 April, 2018, 12:00 am
ILIESA Rokodaveta is demanding answers about the death of his younger brother, dual international, Pita Dau.
The former Fiji soccer and rugby star was rushed to the Lautoka Hospital last week on Thursday and was pronounced dead and the post-mortem examination pointed to a heart attack.
While the family has accepted his untimely passing, Mr Rokodaveta said the circumstances surrounding his death were disturbing.
“His taxi was spotted by three fishermen at Saweni Beach and they claimed that when they came to see why it was parked there, they saw my brother in the passenger seat,” the 56-year-old shared.
“And I want to know how he got there because my brother would never give that taxi for anybody else to drive.”
Mr Rokodaveta was drinking kava with family at Dau’s home in Banares, Lautoka, the night of his brother’s mysterious death.
“At about 11pm, Pita came and dropped our niece who had travelled from Sigatoka to spend the Easter weekend with us.
“He took another relative to the Natabua ex-scholars who were meeting at a home near Central College. At about 1.45am, I rang his phone because the kava was about to finish and I wanted him to drop me home.
“The person who answered the phone was a stranger and the only thing he said was that he was driving Pita to the Lautoka Hospital and I needed to meet them there urgently.”
Mr Rokodaveta said when he arrived at the hospital, he was informed that his brother had passed away.
“I went to see his body and noticed that his clothes were torn and there were injuries on his knees.
“It just doesn’t make any sense why someone would do this to him because Pita was a very warm, humble and loving man. He was loved by everyone in Lautoka.
“I accept that he died of a heart attack because he had heart problems, but I want answers as to how he ended up at Saweni Beach that night. I also want to know how he ended up in the passenger seat of the taxi when his body was discovered.
“We still have Pita’s phone and there was a number that called him that night. I want to know who called him because that person may know what had happened to my bro.”