A 41-YEAR-old Lautoka fisherman facing murder and robbery charges has been refused bail by the Lautoka Magistrates Court for his own safety.
Tension is high within the Johnson Rd, Matawalu community following the death of 74-year-old Vidya Wati.
The elderly woman was allegedly assaulted and seriously injured by Sudesh Mani Naidu last week.
Police said Wati was found by a woman inside her house with injuries.
The deceased told the woman she was assaulted by a man before he stole assorted items from her house.
Wati was admitted to the Lautoka Hospital but later died on Sunday from injuries she suffered during the alleged attack.
Appearing before Magistrate Mosese Naivalu, Mr Naidu pleaded with the court to grant him bail for the sake of his son.
The accused argued he was the only person responsible for his son who would attend Form Four this year.
He also pleaded for more time from the court to repair his home in Wairabetia, which was destroyed during Tropical Cyclone Evan.
But Mr Naivalu refused Naidu's request after State lawyers revealed Wati's relatives and neighbours were still upset over her death.
Mr Naivalu also granted the prosecution's application for the matter to be transferred to the High Court. The matter has been adjourned to February 1.