Fiji Time: 5:51 PM on Monday 19 February

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 0.63240.6134
JPY 54.141851.1418
GBP 0.35780.3498
EUR 0.40590.3939
NZD 0.68840.6554
AUD 0.63940.6144
USD 0.50480.4878

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 19th, February, 2018

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Plans to open caves for public viewing
  2. Long wait
  3. APOLOGY
  4. Sau's 7s aim
  5. Masirewa scores biggest try
  6. Play for the love of 7s
  7. Democracy questioned
  8. Indian engineers to assess Fiji's railway network
  9. Lau relief supply, tour begins
  10. Adi Meretui joins SODELPA camp

Top Stories this Week

  1. Love is patient and always kind Wednesday (14 Feb)
  2. TC Gita: At its closest now Tuesday (13 Feb)
  3. Gita packs power Tuesday (13 Feb)
  4. TC Gita: Eye close by at 9pm Tuesday (13 Feb)
  5. TC Gita: Devastation clear Tuesday (13 Feb)
  6. Engine fire forces Fiji Link return Tuesday (13 Feb)
  7. TC Gita: Rooftop gone at Doi Tuesday (13 Feb)
  8. None like Gita Friday (16 Feb)
  9. Della S(h)aw love Thursday (15 Feb)
  10. Dash for cover Wednesday (14 Feb)