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Police arrest self-proclaimed priest

Maciu Malo
Friday, July 19, 2013

THE prime suspect in the alleged Monday murder of a 53-year-old Tavua woman has been arrested and is in police custody.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu said the man was interviewed and the outcome of the investigation would be known soon.

He said the suspect claimed to be a priest and was unlawfully taking jewellery from people to sell.

"It is important to ask for identification cards of strangers entering your premises," he said.

"There are people who claim they can save people from sickness whereby they take jewellery for ritual offerings before selling them."

Shitamma, the deceased, was alone at home with the 24-year-old "healer" before she was discovered in a pool of blood.

The young man was a stranger to the family.

He was taken to Malele from Lautoka after the family heard he had powers to heal kidney patients.

The deceased is survived by her husband and three children.