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One dead, two in hospital

Shalveen Chand
Wednesday, September 03, 2014

IT was a morning residents of Rambo Place in Valelevu, Nasinu, will find hard to forget.

They witnessed 39-year-old Vinesh Kumar allegedly club his father-in-law to death.

According to police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro, Mr Kumar is in police custody following the death of his father-in-law yesterday morning.

Ms Naisoro said the alleged beating took place around 1.30am where Mr Kumar was alleged to have assaulted his wife and her parents at their home following a heated argument.

The police report stated the alleged assault continued outside their home where Mr Kumar assaulted both in-laws with foreign objects.

Ms Naisoro said neighbours who came to the assistance of the three victims conveyed them to the hospital where the father-in-law was pronounced dead upon arrival. Mr Kumar's wife and mother-in-law remain admitted at the CWM Hospital.

Yesterday morning has become a haunting experience for Kumar's neighbours, especially for Fane Beci, 31, who was at her sister's place, the flat next to where the alleged crime happened.

According to Ms Beci, the family had moved into the flat just three days ago and were acting as caretakers while the owners were away abroad.

"It was after 1am when the husband came into the house. I think he was drunk. I heard loud noises and I knew they were fighting but I don't know what about. I heard the wife tell her father to call the police because she feared he would kill her," Ms Beci claims.

"The father went outside and then returned but the daughter's husband was waiting for him with a bat. It looked like a bat and hit him with it. They were on the road just outside their yard. After he hit him, he opened his car and took out a maul hammer and went to hit the mother-in-law."

Another neighbour who identified himself as Venkat said he witnessed what happened from his home across the road. He claimed he saw Mr Kumar hitting the father-in-law with a bat-like object.

"There was a funeral gathering just up ahead. I think they called the police. I saw the police vehicle drive up, lights flashing and that's when Mr Kumar fled the scene. Some of the boys from the funeral gathering chased him," said Mr Venkat.

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