Witness testifies in murder case

ONE of the four men accused of murder had admitted to police that he had no idea that his punches would be fatal, the High Court in Suva was informed yesterday.

Prosecution witness Police Corporal Amani Bosenawai highlighted this in his evidence and said Alipate Naimoso, one of the man accused of murdering a 21-year-old man at Mobil Service Station in Nakasi had admitted this in his caution interview.

Mr Bosenawai read out Mr Naimoso’s caution interview in court and said the accused admitted that he was approached by the victim when he was at the service station.

Mr Naimoso was working at the service station when the victim approached him.

In his caution interview, the accused told police that the victim was not drunk when he approached him.

He said the victim walked up to him and started throwing punches at him after he told him that he did not like him.

Mr Naimoso told police that he was caught off guard and he started punching the victim back. He said the victim fell to the ground and he kept punching his back.

Mr Naimoso, Epeli Tucila, Saimone Tucila Sr, and Saimone Tucila Jr are charged with one count of murder each.

The four are standing trial before Justice Riyaz Hamza for the alleged offence. The four allegedly committed the offence in February, 2016.

The trial continues today.