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Murder victim known

Ropate Valemei
Thursday, January 24, 2013

THE 46-year-old Fijian woman who was allegedly murdered in her home in Macquarie Field in New South Wales, Australia, has been identified by Fiji's Foreign Affairs Ministry as Salaseini Batirau, a Fijian national who was an Australian citizen.

It is alleged she was brutally murdered by her husband, Nacanieli Lutu, also a Fijian national.

Ms Batirau is survived by her three children.

According to a report from the Fiji High Commission in Australia, on Sunday January 20, it is alleged that Ms Batirau and Mr Lutu were involved in a verbal argument in their home.

During the argument, Mr Lutu grabbed a knife from the kitchen and stabbed Ms Batirau numerous times in the chest. Ms Batirau succumbed to her injuries and died at the scene.

Their child witnessed the incident. Police attended a short time later and arrested him.

The High Commission said Mr Lutu was interviewed by the police and admitted stabbing his wife.

He was charged with murder and refused bail.


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