‘Fraud’ Vi­nend Ku­mar gets life in jail

Nei­ther a Pun­dit nor a Doc­tor, says Jus­tice Temo

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Jus­tice Salesi Temo said that mur­der and at­tempted rape ac­cused, Vi­nend Ku­mar, was noth­ing but a fraud. Jus­tice Temo made the com­ment when sen­tenc­ing Ku­mar yes­ter­day for a count each of mur­der and at­tempted rape. “He was not a pun­dit and he was not a doc­tor,” said Jus­tice Temo, in the High Court, Suva.

Ku­mar, 29, on July 15, 2013, at­tempted to rape a woman whom he later mur­dered. He later sur­ren­dered him­self to the Lau­toka Po­lice Sta­tion. The in­ci­dent took place in the woman’s house at Malele, Tavua.

Jus­tice Temo re­jected the al­le­ga­tions made by Ku­mar where he claimed that Po­lice of­fi­cers had abused him dur­ing his cau­tion interview.

Jus­tice Temo said: “The state of the de­ceased’s in­juries spoke vol­umes of her death and that she suf­fered from a bro­ken teeth and bro­ken jaw. “The de­ceased met her death af­ter be­ing hit four times with a grog pounder iron rod and then struck by a ta­ble.” The de­ceased was a 53-year-old woman suf­fer­ing from a sick­ness for which she had ap­proached Ku­mar to make medicine for her be­cause he was known as a herbal­ist. Ku­mar was sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment with a min­i­mum term of 17 years, which he has to serve be­fore a par­don can be con­sid­ered by the Pres­i­dent. Jus­tice Temo said the sen­tence was de­signed to pun­ish Ku­mar in a man­ner that was just, and to de­ter would-be of­fend­ers of these crimes. Edited by Naisa Koroi

Vi­nend Ku­mar out­side court yes­ter­day.

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