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Life in prison for murderer

Shalveen Chand
Saturday, April 12, 2014

A NAUSORI man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for killing a taxidriver three years ago.

Devendra Naiker, 33, was told by the High Court in Suva yesterday he would be considered for parole after he had served 20 years.

On Wednesday, Justice Prabaharan Kumararatnam convicted Naiker of murder after the assessors returned a unanimous opinion of guilty.

Naiker killed Vishal Mishra, a 34-year-old taxidriver, and then fled the scene after dumping the body on the roadside.

In his sentence, Justice Kumararatnam said the evidence given by the prosecution witness had been corroborated.

The judge said Naiker was the last person seen with the victim. Naiker was identified by witnesses as the man leaving the taxi on the evening of December 20, 2011.

The judge said the witness saw blood on Naiker's hands.

Justice Kumararatnam said Naiker admitted the stabbing during his visit to the doctor.

He added the crime was pre-planned and on the day of the offence, Naiker took a knife with him concealed in a bag.

He said Naiker sat in the back seat of the taxi and then stabbed Mishra several times, once right through the heart.

Justice Kumararatnam said Naiker's action had led to the loss of a husband and a father of two children.

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