Fiji Time: 9:02 PM on Saturday 30 April

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Life for killer

Shayal Devi
Wednesday, July 09, 2014

A NADI man who confessed to sniffing glue and smoking marijuana before murdering 44-year-old Puspa Kanta in Vuda three years ago was handed a life sentence by the High Court in Lautoka last Monday.

Niumaia Ravulo Semanaiqoliqoli, 24, appeared before judge Justice Sudharshana De Silva charged with a count of murder and aggravated robbery.

The court heard the deceased had been in Vuda to visit her sister at the time of the incident.

While outlining the summary of facts, Justice De Silva said the accused had confirmed seeing the deceased get off a bus and followed her. He was armed with a kitchen knife

"He offered to carry the bags of the deceased before they sat to talk and he smoked a joint of marijuana," he said.

Semanaiqoliqoli then proceeded to strike the deceased in the neck multiple times before stealing an Alcatel mobile phone, a gold chain and cash, all valued at more than $145.

The deceased managed to reach her sister's residence and was taken to the hospital, but later died from her injuries.

"The accused had stated that it was not his intention to kill her but just wanted to steal her money.

"It was during their struggle that he stabbed her with his knife.

"The aggravating factors in the case are the use of a weapon — knife, the nature of injuries on the deceased and a planned crime as the accused had waited for the victim to come."

Justice De Silva said the mitigating circumstances included the accused being a first offender.

"You are from a broken family and had a troubled childhood, you pleaded guilty to the offences and you are remorseful."

Semanaiqoliqoli will not be eligible for parole until he has served 17 years in prison. He has 30 days to appeal.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61350.5945
JPY 53.471650.4716
GBP 0.33380.3258
EUR 0.43020.4182
NZD 0.70870.6757
CAD 0.61210.5931
JPY 54.771751.7717

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 28th April 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Locked in freezer
  2. PM rejects holiday bid
  3. Devi thankful
  4. Rakete cries for Koro
  5. State will not rebuild churches
  6. Doctor robbed by masked men
  7. 'True democracy' and cost of credit
  8. Men in critical condition after accident
  9. Four people hospitalised after early morning accident
  10. Fijian peacekeepers serving in Sinai safe

Top Stories this Week

  1. Horror crash relived Wednesday (27 Apr)
  2. Shoeshine boy makes it big Monday (25 Apr)
  3. Horrific crash kills 1 Monday (25 Apr)
  4. Teacher fears for safety Tuesday (26 Apr)
  5. Overstay Monday (25 Apr)
  6. Father farewells son Wednesday (27 Apr)
  7. Try night fasting, doctor urges Monday (25 Apr)
  8. Horror car crash claims man's life Sunday (24 Apr)
  9. 'Ridiculous change' Tuesday (26 Apr)
  10. 7s eligibility Wednesday (27 Apr)