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Murder trial

Shalveen Chand
Thursday, February 20, 2014

THE State prosecution will produce 33 witnesses in a murder trial set to start at the end of next month.

Davendra Naiker is charged with murder and appeared in the High Court in Suva yesterday.

He is alleged to have killed taxidriver Vishal Mishra in December 2011.

The prosecution informed Justice Prabaharan Kumararatnam that the proposed agreed facts given to the defence had not been agreed to.

The court was informed that they would present 33 witnesses.

The prosecution also was asked if the two weeks given would be sufficient for the trial. Justice Kumararatnam answered that if need be the court could hear the case until 6pm daily.

Defence lawyer Tobia Ravuniwa told the court they objected to the use of photographs to show the extent of the injuries sustained by the victim.

He said by showing these to the assessors, it would prejudice his client's case and that the doctor's expert evidence would be good enough.

The prosecution said the photographs would not be prejudicial to either party.

Justice Kumararatnam told the defence to file written submissions while the prosecution said it would make oral objections.

The case will be called on March 11.

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