Court told of plot to kill

ASSISTANT Director of Public Prosecutions Michael Delaney told the court that a man charged with the murder of his partner had an intention to kill her following an alleged argument between the two.

Mr Delaney highlighted this during his closing submissions before Justice Priyantha Fernando at the High Court in Suva yesterday.

The accused, Usaia Kilaiverata is charged with one count of murder.

He is alleged to have murdered former journalist Losana McGowan at their flat in Toorak, Suva, on April 4 last year.

Mr Delaney said Kilaiverata had intended to kill Ms McGowan and this could be seen from his alleged murderous act in the early hours of the morning of the said date.

In his closing submission, Mr Delaney asked the assessors to find the accused guilty of murder considering the severe injuries that led to Ms McGowan’s death.

However, Ms Vaniqi asked the assessors to find her client guilty of manslaughter instead because he had not intended to kill Ms McGowan when he punched her.

She said Ms McGowan’s death was a “tragic accident resulting in a manslaughter charge”.

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