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Dad tells of heartache as son is buried

Mere Naleba
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

FIVE-YEAR-OLD Dion Soko pointed at the coffin her father lay in, asking, "daddy is in there?" as mourners prepared to bury Vilikesa Soko.

The little girl's grandfather Jeremaia Soko hugged her tighter, wiping away tears that started to form in his eyes.

Mr Soko, 30, was a suspect in the $50,000 robbery in Nadi.

He died last week at the Lautoka Hospital after he was alleged to have been brutally beaten up by police officers while in their custody.

Soko's wife Kelera Tubou could not contain her tears as she bid farewell to her husband as friends comforted her.

"I am deeply hurt and saddened by the fact that my children will grow up not knowing their father," she said.

Ms Tubou said the hardest part of solely raising her children was knowing they would always ask for their "daddy".

"If only those responsible would have just locked him up instead of assaulting him, he would still be here with us. Life is going to be very difficult for me and my children," she said.

"I still cannot fully understand why they would do such a thing to another human being."

Mr Soko (Sr) said the family was ready to forgive those who caused the death of his son but would continue with legal action in their search for answers.

"I make mistakes, my son makes mistakes, everybody makes mistakes but the final decision whether a person should live or die does not rest with us human beings but only our God Almighty," Mr Soko said.

Mr Soko said he hoped the Commissioner of Police would look into the matter.

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