Case of Congolese national in Fiji adjourned

Police escort Kiala Marcellino Penakoy Henri Lusaka in an earlier appearance at the Suva Magistrate Court. Picture: JONA KONATACI/FT FILE

The defence representing a Congolese national accused of murdering his wife last year has told the High Court in Suva they were not ready to take a trial date.

The matter involving Kiala Lusaka was called before High Court in Suva judge Justice Daniel Goundar yesterday.

Mr Lusaka’s lawyer, Laurel Vaurasi, told the court they held Skype discussions with her client from the Suva Remand Centre, however she needed a week to go through the disclosures with him.

Justice Goundar granted the defence time and informed the court that he may list the case for trial on the next court date.

The accused allegedly murdered 44-year-old Jennifer Downes.

The case has been adjourned to July 10.

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