Murder trial: Assessors find woman guilty

Marianne Premila Devi outside the Suva High Court yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

THREE  assessors  in the trial of a woman who allegedly set her husband on fire  returned with a unanimous guilty  opinion  following  their  deliberation  this afternoon.

Marianne Premilla Devi is charged with one count of murder.

Ms Devi allegedly   threw a bowl of kerosene on her husband and set him alight.

The alleged offence took place on November 16, 2016.

High Court judge Justice Salesi Temo will deliver his verdict tomorrow.

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