Retrial verdict to be delivered

Nakasaio Tupou and his lawyer Abhay Singh outside the Suva High Court. Picture: JONA KONATACI/FILE

THE State lawyer in the case against a man who murdered his de facto partner has recommended for a mandatory sentence.

Sujhata Lodhia said the minimum term to be decided by the court should depend on the facts of the case as the man had stabbed his partner to death using a kitchen knife and a cane knife.

She said the minimum term that was to be set must be between 16 to 18 years.

Ms Lodhia said the man murdered his partner in a very gruesome manner.

Nikasio Tupou was convicted of murder and he was sentenced on December 16, 2010.

He was sentenced to 18 years.

However, he appealed against his sentence and a retrial was ordered.

He has already served seven and a half years of his total sentence.

Tupou was found guilty after the trial concluded last week at the High Court in Suva.

His lawyer, Abhay Singh, said the court must take into account the number of years that was served by the accused and also his previous good character.

Mr Singh said the man had four children and he must also be given an opportunity to rebuild his life.

High Court judge Justice Riyaz Hamza will deliver his sentence tomorrow.

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