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Suspect surrenders

Felix Chaudhary
Thursday, January 24, 2013

SAILASA Mociu, the man on the run for 14 days for the alleged stabbing death of a Tailevu woman has surrendered himself and is now in police custody.

The 43-year-old is alleged to have murdered mother of four, Kasaya Veisei, 33, at Naisaumua Village in Tailevu on January 9.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said Mociu gave himself up yesterday afternoon in Lautoka and is in custody in Nadi.

"Sailasa Mociu surrendered himself this afternoon at a law firm in Lautoka," Ms Naisoro said.

"Mociu was wanted for arrest for the alleged murder of a woman in Naisaumaua, Tailevu earlier this month.

"He is currently in police custody at the Nadi Police station for interrogation before he is brought to Nausori for his involvement in the alleged murder," she said.

The Fiji Times has ascertained that Mociu had surrendered himself at Lautoka lawyer Iqbal Khan's office where he was subsequently arrested by police and military officers.

Mr Khan said he was not at the office when the murder suspect showed up but would make attempts to contact him today.

"I was in Ba at the time and had asked him over the phone to remain at my office until such time as I could see him," Mr Khan said.

"Unfortunately, he was arrested before I was able to attend to him. However, I will attempt to see him tomorrow (today) to receive instructions from him. If he wants me to, I will represent him," he said.