Post mortem for Aus­tralian woman to­day, Po­lice say

Rel­a­tives of the late Jen­nifer Ann Downes were due to ar­rive in the coun­try last night.

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - AVINESH GOPAL and NEELAM PRASAD Edited by Percy Kean

Apost-mortem will be con­ducted to­day to as­cer­tain the cause of death of a woman who was al­legedly mur­dered in Suva on Tues­day.

Jen­nifer Ann Downes was found dead in her house at Ser­vice Street in Do­main, Suva at about 2pm by Po­lice of­fi­cers who were called to the scene.

Po­lice of­fi­cers fa­mil­iar with the in­ves­ti­ga­tions said there were no vis­i­ble in­juries on her body. Her hus­band, Henri Lukaka John, was re­cov­er­ing at the Colo­nial War Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal in Suva last night.

Po­lice spokesper­son Ana Naisoro said the vic­tim’s hus­band, who is the sus­pect in the al­leged mur­der, was in a sta­ble con­di­tion.

Ms Naisoro said Po­lice were yet to in­ter­view the sus­pect.

“The post mortem of the vic­tim will be held to­mor­row (to­day) as her family is ar­riv­ing in the coun­try tonight (yes­ter­day),” she said. Asked on the where­abouts of the cou­ple’s three chil­dren, Ms Naisoro said the Aus­tralian High Com­mis­sion would be in a bet­ter po­si­tion to comment on the mat­ter.

Mr John is orig­i­nally from Congo but he is an Aus­tralian cit­i­zen while the de­ceased was an Aus­tralian na­tional.

They are be­lieved to have got mar­ried in 2012.

The de­ceased worked for the United Na­tions World Food Pro­gramme while Po­lice sources said that Mr John also works for an in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion.

A state­ment from UN in the Pa­cific con­firmed Ms Downes em­ploy­ment sta­tus, say­ing that she worked as a lo­gis­tics of­fi­cer for the or­gan­i­sa­tion since 2017.

Ms Downes started her ca­reer as a lo­gis­ti­cian more than 10 years ago, first in the Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic of Congo, then Aus­tralia and Van­u­atu. “Since join­ing WFP, Jenna and her team had worked tire­lessly to bring lo­gis­tics tools and knowl­edge to the com­mu­ni­ties in the Pa­cific is­lands, help­ing them pre­pare for and re­spond to nat­u­ral disas­ters,” the state­ment said.

“For Jenna, lo­gis­tics was more than just a job. It was a pas­sion that she pur­sued with unmatched ded­i­ca­tion and pro­fes­sion­al­ism. She will be for­ever missed by our WFP family.

“Our thoughts are with Jenna’s chil­dren and loved ones dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time.”

UN Pa­cific has of­fered its full co-op­er­a­tion to the au­thor­i­ties as in­ves­ti­ga­tions con­tinue.

The cou­ple’s neigh­bours did not say much when ap­proached yes­ter­day, how­ever two of them re­vealed that they saw Po­lice of­fi­cers at the house last week.

UN Pa­cific has of­fered its full co-op­er­a­tion to the au­thor­i­ties as in­ves­ti­ga­tions con­tinue.

Jen­nifer Ann Downes.

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