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Welder guilty of murder

Shalveen Chand
Thursday, April 10, 2014

DEVENDRA Naiker was convicted of murder by the High Court in Suva yesterday afternoon.

Hours earlier, the three assessors came back with a unanimous guilty opinion after the case was summed up.

Naiker, a marine welder by profession, was convicted of killing Vishal Mishra on December 20, 2011.

Members of the Mishra family present in court could not hold back their tears.

Shiri Mati, the mother of the victim, said although it had taken two years to happen, justice had been served.

"I know my son will not be brought back to life, but I am content that justice has been done," Mrs Mati said.

"My family, especially my husband, has been put through a lot. Vishal was my firstborn.

"I just pray that no parent goes through what we did."

Justice Prabaharan Kumararatnam, during the summing up, said the evidence showed Naiker hired Vishal Mishra's taxi.

He said Naicker was the last one seen with Mishra and witnesses had identified him. The judge said when the taxi was discovered moving along the Irrigation Rd at a very fast speed, two witnesses gave chase.

Justice Kumararatnam said one of the witnesses identified Naiker.

He added that as to claims of police brutality, the evidence produced in court did not show this. Mitigation and sentence submission will take place this afternoon.

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