Trial date set for mur­der ac­cused

Fiji Sun - - NATION - ASHNA KU­MAR Edited by Jonathan Bryce

The High Court in Suva has set trial dates for the case of a 43-year-old Chi­nese na­tional who is fac­ing one count of mur­der. Wang Qi Yong will have his trial be­gin on

Au­gust 31, this year, for one week.

Yong is al­leged to have caused the death of a 33-yearold Asian woman who was found dead by her flat­mate at their home in Salato Road,

Na­madi Heights in Ta­mavua, on May 13. Yong ap­peared be­fore Jus­tice Daniel Goundar yes­ter­day. Pros­e­cu­tor from the Of­fice of the Direc­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions, Kim­berly Semisi, told the court that the state was re­ly­ing on the cau­tion in­ter­view state­ment of the ac­cused which con­tained full ad­mis­sions.

De­fence lawyer from the Le­gal Aid Com­mis­sion, Jalesi Koro­tini, told the court that the de­fence would make rep­re­sen­ta­tions to the DPP on the ad­mis­sions and cau­tion in­ter­view state­ment, once he would re­ceive in­struc­tions from his client. Mr Koro­tini also told the court that the de­fence needed time to fi­nalise the pro­posed agreed facts and ob­tain in­struc­tions from the ac­cused for voir dire, if needed.

Jus­tice Goundar has or­dered the de­fence coun­sel to file any ob­jec­tions if needed by Au­gust 17.

Yong, through a trans­la­tor, told the court that he wished to see his cau­tion in­ter­view state­ment be­cause he did not have a copy. Mr Koro­tini has told the court that he would serve a copy of the cau­tion in­ter­view state­ment to the ac­cused.

Yong has been fur­ther re­manded in cus­tody. The mat­ter has been ad­journed for men­tion for pre-trial con­fer­ence on Au­gust 24.

Photo: Ronald Ku­mar

Wang Qi Yong, 43, out­side the High Court in Suva.

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