Young man jailed for causing father’s death

A 22-YEAR-OLD man was imprisoned for four years for causing the death of his father.

Avinaash Kamal was sentenced by Justice Daniel Goundar at the High Court in Lautoka.

In passing the sentence, he said the courts must not be seen to be condoning family violence.

The court heard that on December 2, 2015, Kamal had an argument with his father over household chores.

In a fit of anger, Kamal threw a lit kerosene stove at his father which resulted in the victim receiving third-degree burns.

His father later passed away and the cause of death was linked to the burns received.

Justice Goundar said the verdict of manslaughter was based on the unlawful and deliberate assault on the victim with the use of a lit kerosene stove.

He said the court found that Kamal was aware of the substantial risk of serious harm that his conduct would cause and that he was unjustified to take that risk.

Justice Goundar said the offence involved family violence and, as such, it was objectively serious and the fact that the actual conduct of Kamal eventually led to the victim’s death was equally serious.

Justice Goundar did not fix a non-parole period.

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