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Death prompts police warning

Luke Rawalai
Sunday, March 31, 2013

THE Fiji Police Force has advised people to consume alcohol responsibly and to refrain from confronting each other with their differences and issues during drinking parties.

The advice comes after the death of a 40-year-old man in Labasa on Friday night.

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said the deceased was at a drinking party with his two brothers in Naleba when an argument is believed to have started among them.

"The deceased had called the police initially to inform them that his two brothers were allegedly causing trouble with him," he said.

"When police arrived at the scene, the victim was already dead and his two brothers were missing."

Insp Sokomuri said police had already established the two brothers who were drinking with the deceased were allegedly causing trouble with him as they drank.

"We are urging members of the public to refrain from dealing with their differences during drinking parties.

"Drinking parties are not suitable situations for people to confront each other with their differences since they are vulnerable when they are under the influence of alcohol and cannot make rational decisions.

"People need to sit down and discuss their differences when they are in their right sense of mind."

Insp Sokomuri said people should also use the various machineries provided by government to discuss issues and how to confront them in an amicable way.