Fiji Time: 10:26 AM on Thursday 23 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Guilty of manslaughter

Shalveen Chand
Saturday, August 09, 2014

A MAN was convicted of manslaughter by the High Court in Suva yesterday, a lesser charge than what he was on trial for.

Samuela Vakaruru was charged with murder for allegedly punching and kicking Anthony Tokelau to death in Nanuku Settlement in Vatuwaqa in 2011.

Earlier in the day, Justice Paul Madigan summed up the case for the assessors. He told them their opinion should only reflect the evidence.

The assessors returned within the hour and gave a unanimous opinion of not guilty for murder but found Vakaruru guilty of manslaughter.

Justice Madigan in his ruling said Vakaruru acted with intent to kill Mr Tokelau.

He said it was also not proven that it was the punching and kicking by Vakaruru that led to the heemorrhaging of the brain which eventually lead to Mr Tokelau's death.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Unapproved move
  2. Nadolo out
  3. No rush
  4. Ruggers to shave
  5. School observe Diwali in style
  6. Auditor cites poor record keeping
  7. Pink morning fundraiser
  8. Fish spawning critical
  9. Diwali treat for elderly
  10. Call to protect resources

Top Stories this Week

  1. False rumours warning Friday (17 Oct)
  2. Death shocks family Monday (20 Oct)
  3. Biman gets nod Saturday (18 Oct)
  4. Detailed report Friday (17 Oct)
  5. Inside Fiji sevens Tuesday (21 Oct)
  6. Public access Tuesday (21 Oct)
  7. Budget overspent Wednesday (22 Oct)
  8. 8-room home gutted Friday (17 Oct)
  9. Forgery suspect still in remand Tuesday (21 Oct)
  10. $20m in excess Wednesday (22 Oct)