Murder accused de­nied bail

Fiji Sun - - NATION - ASHNA KU­MAR Edited by Ivamere Nataro

Asol­dier, who is al­leged to have killed his four­month-old daugh­ter in Nabua last year, was de­nied bail by the High Court in Suva yes­ter­day.

Te­vita Ve­icavuyaki Ku­nawave, 26, ap­peared be­fore Judge Jus­tice Daniel Goundar for the rul­ing of his bail ap­pli­ca­tion. Ku­nawave is al­leged to have se­ri­ously in­jured his daugh­ter dur­ing an al­leged heated ar­gu­ment he had with his wife on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 27, 2019, at their home in Nabua.

Ku­nawave had pleaded not guilty to the charge and sought bail pend­ing trial.

In his rul­ing, Jus­tice Goundar said the pros­e­cu­tion case was po­ten­tially strong based on eye­wit­nesses’ ac­count.

He said the accused was a mil­i­tary officer and his fam­ily and com­mu­nity ties were strong. “Murder is pun­ish­able by manda­tory life im­pris­on­ment. Al­though the accused is likely to turn up for his trial due to his strong com­mu­nity ties, strin­gent bail con­di­tions are un­likely to re­duce the risk of in­ter­fer­ence with the pros­e­cu­tion wit­nesses who are closely re­lated to the accused,” Jus­tice Goundar said.

“There is a high like­li­hood of in­ter­fer­ence with the wit­nesses if the accused is re­leased on bail.

“For these rea­sons, it is not in the in­ter­ests of jus­tice to grant bail.”

Photo: Ashna Ku­mar

Te­vita Ku­nawave out­side the High Court in Suva.

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