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Man disputes stabbing facts

Shalveen Chand
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A MAN who is alleged to have stabbed his wife twice on her leg was told to seek the help of the Legal Aid Commission because of the seriousness of the charge.

Sakaraia Tukana, 40, appeared in the Suva Magistrates Court charged with unlawful wounding.

The alleged stabbing took place last Saturday and after his arrest, Mr Tukana was kept in custody over the weekend.

He told the court he would prefer the charges to be read to him in the iTaukei language.

Mr Tukana informed the court that he understood the charges and was ready to take a plea after waiving his right to a counsel.

He then pleaded guilty to the charge but disputed the summary of facts.

The prosecution told the court that on the day, Mr Tukana and his wife had an argument after he accused her of having an affair.

The court heard that Mr Tukana, in his anger, stabbed his wife twice on the leg.

Mr Tukana told the court that he had not intentionally stab his wife.

Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili told the accused the issue was a matter for the evidence to decide and therefore he was entering a plea of not guilty.

He advised Mr Tukana to seek assistance from the Legal Aid Commission as the allegations levelled against him were serious.

The court then enquired if Mr Tukana would continue to stay with his wife if he was granted bail.

Mr Tukana told the court he was staying in Nukulau Village in Ra.

Mr Tukana was granted bail on the condition that he report to the Vunikavikaloa Police Station every Friday.

A domestic restraint order was also issued for the safety of the complainant.

The case will be called again on February 25.

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