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Murder trial over

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

THE three assessors in the trial of murder suspect Davendra Naicker were yesterday reminded to consider the fact that a human life, a sacred thing, had been lost.

These were the submissions of the State prosecutor when the case came to a close before judge Justice Prabaharan Kumararatnam in the High Court in Suva yesterday.

In his closing submission, the State prosecutor said it was important for the assessors to note that the accused voluntarily went to the Nausori Police Station the very next day after the alleged murder happened, and also a day after police visited his house at Korociriciri.

Mr Naicker, a marine welder by profession, is alleged to have murdered taxidriver Vishal Mishra on December 20, 2011 at the Irrigation Farm Rd at Waituri in Nausori.

The State prosecutor submitted that the deceased picked Mr Naicker up from Nausori about 6.30pm and was supposed to drop him off at home but they went to Waituri Irrigation Rd instead.

The prosecutor added that Mr Naicker had admitted in his caution interview that he was sitting at the back of the taxi during the duration of their trip.

But during the trial, the DPP counsel said the pathologist had indicated the injuries were inflicted from the back.

Lawyer Tobia Ravuniwa submitted that his client was only a suspect and should be presumed innocent.

Mr Ravuniwa said a few prosecution witnesses had given evidence of his client's whereabouts on the night of the alleged murder.

He argued the fact that one person could not be in two places at the same time, and noted his client's testimony when he said he was drinking grog at his friend's place when he received the call that a taxidriver had been murdered.

Justice Kumaratnam will sum up the case today.








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