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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.





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