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Murder suspect in court

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Tuesday, April 08, 2014

A MAN alleged to have murdered a Nausori taxidriver in 2011 told the High Court in Suva yesterday that he was drinking grog at his friend's place when the news came that a murder had occurred in the neighbourhood.

Davendra Naicker, who faces one count of murder, took to the witness stand where he gave evidence of what had allegedly happened on the day in late December 2011.

Mr Naicker told Justice Prabaharan Kumaratnam that he had left his place around 7pm and went to a friend's place to drink grog.

The court heard that when they were drinking grog, a call came on his friend's mobile that there was a murder of a taxidriver.

But at that time, he did not know who was murdered.

He told the court that after some time, his father called informing him that there were police officers at his place and that he needed to come over.

Mr Naicker said he was asked by these police officers of his whereabouts during the day time and what had happened to his hand which was on a sling.

The accused told the court that he showed these policemen a medical report in regards to that injury which he suffered at his workplace at the end of October 2011 when working as a marine welder.

The court was also told by the accused that he was home before 6pm.

Mr Naicker was alleged to have murdered a 35-year-old Nausori taxidriver whose body was found in Lakena the same day.

The trial continues.

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