Duo ac­cused of Devi's mur­der seek Le­gal

Both men also charged with ag­gra­vated rob­bery

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Two un­em­ployed men who are charged with the mur­der of a 71-year-old wo­man ap­peared in the Lau­toka Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day.

Jovil­isi Gadrovai, 29, of Vaka­tora Hous­ing, and Peni Nakarawa Naidike, 20, of Tavakubu Hous­ing, were both charged on a first count of mur­der and a sec­ond count of ag­gra­vated rob­bery. Gadrovai and Naidike asked to be rep­re­sented by Le­gal Aid.

It is al­leged that Gadrovai and Naidike, both dressed in pur­ple coloured ‘bula’ shirts yes­ter­day, mur­dered Sushila Devi of Razak Road on Fri­day, May 20.

It was also al­leged that they ran­sacked the house and made off with Mrs Devi’s mo­bile phone, a carry bag, about $120 cash, four tins of fish and a torch light val­ued at close to $400. Both charges were read to the two ac­cused who agreed that they un­der­stood. Mag­is­trate Wickara­masekara gave the ac­cused 20 days to file their no­tice of al­ibi ex­plain­ing that they were not at the scene of the crime if they de­nied the charges.

Naidike also told the court that he had been as­saulted and showed his knee to Mag­is­trate Wickara­masekara, who or­dered a med­i­cal check at the hos­pi­tal. He said the med­i­cal re­port was to be pre­sented at the first men­tion call for the case at the High Court in Lau­toka on June 9.

Photo: Charles Cham­bers

Mur­der ac­cused Jovil­isi Gadrovai.

Photo: Charles Cham­bers

Mur­der ac­cused Jovil­isi Gadrovai (right), and Peni Nakarawa Naidike (cov­er­ing face, left), at the Lau­toka Mag­is­trates Court.

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