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Dead in cell

Mere Naleba
Saturday, March 08, 2014

A CONVICTED inmate who died in his prison cell on Sunday will be buried today at the Nasinu Cemetry.

The deceased Viliame Tawake, 38, was sentenced to nine months imprisonment by Magistrate Chaitanya Lakshman on January 18 this year.

Tawake's wife, Makarita Maria, told this newspaper what saddened her most was that those responsible for her husband's welfare at the Suva Corrections Centre did not try to contact her when her husband was ill.

"Sa rui rarawa valevu na yaloqu ni sega ni dua me bau qiriti au mai, ni ratou tukuna ni a kau i valenibula o koya," Ms Maria said (I am so disappointed that the prison officers did not try and contact me because they said they took him to the hospital).

Ms Maria said she was only notified of her husband's death on Monday morning by three officers who visited her home in Raiwasa to convey the news.

She said the officers told her her husband was taken to hospital on Friday and Saturday but was only given ORS and that he could have died of dengue fever.

Ms Maria said her two daughters had visited her husband on a Saturday two weeks ago and he appeared fine.

She said their two daughters were looking forward to visiting him again this Saturday.

"I've told our daughters their dad has passed away, it hurts so much because we were planning to visit him again on Saturday and we were looking forward to seeing him."

Ms Maria said family members were expected to decide on the funeral arrangements.

She said the Fiji Corrections Service had volunteered to supply Tawake's coffin and the cost of transporting his body home from the Suva mortuary.

Fiji Corrections Service spokeswoman Kuini Waqasavou confirmed an inmate had died and they would not be commenting on the matter until after the post-mortem examination is conducted.

Ms Maria said the post-mortem examination had already been conducted and they were expecting the result in two weeks.








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