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Man admits axe assault

Shalveen Chand
Tuesday, February 04, 2014

A MAN admitted hitting his flatmate on the head with an axe because he wanted to wound him, the High Court in Suva heard yesterday.

Josifiliti Vuli, 52, pleaded guilty to a count of assault with intent to cause grievous harm.

The court was told that in March 2012, Vuli, during an argument with his flatmate, hit him on the head with an axe.

Vuli agreed the facts stated by the prosecution were true except for the last line which said "the accused had the intention to kill".

The defence counsel was asked by Justice Salesi Temo what could be done. The defence replied the line could either be omitted or changed to "with intent to wound".

Justice Temo told the prosecution the line "intent to kill" suggested "attempted" and that the assault charge may not be the right one.

The prosecution told the court it would omit the last line.

Justice Temo spoke to the accused after the defence counsel from the Legal Aid Commission told the court she was not ready to mitigate.

The judge said the courts were changing and lawyers need to be ready.

Vuli told the court he had taken the complainant into his house after discovering he was homeless.

He said the complainant then started stealing his things and drugging him by feeding him dhaniya.

Vuli said he wanted to teach the complainant a lesson by wounding him.

He also informed the court he had spent 22 months and 10 days in remand.

The prosecution told the court that as part of sentence submission, they were proposing a sentence of two to three half years in jail.

A sentence is expected on Thursday.

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