Two as­ses­sors find Rawat guilty of mur­der

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In the mur­der trial of Tarun Ku­mar Rawat, two as­ses­sors have found him guilty of mur­der while an­other found him guilty of the al­ter­na­tive charge of man­slaugh­ter. The case was called be­fore Judge Jus­tice Salesi Temo at the High Court in Suva yes­ter­day. Rawat is charged with the mur­der of a ho­tel man­ager, Tevita Tabua, on July 21, 2011, at Nadi. In the one week trial the court heard that Rawat was in a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship with the de­ceased since 2010 and had nu­mer­ous sex­ual en­coun­ters with him. The de­fence had ar­gued that Rawat did not have the in­ten­sion to kill but only meant to cause se­ri­ous harm to the de­ceased. The State ar­gues from day one of the trial that Rawat’s con­duct showed he had in­ten­tion to kill with the way he had left the de­ceased to die and did not take him to a hos­pi­tal. Jus­tice Temo will de­liver his judg­ment later to­day. JES­SICA GOUNDER Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

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