Husband of dead expat questioned by Police CID
Australian national Henri Lusaka has been questioned by Police over the alleged murder of his wife.
Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed that Mr Lusaka was discharged from the Colonial War Memorial Hospital on Thursday.
She said Mr Lusaka was being questioned by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) personnel. Ms Downes, an employee of the United Nations World Food Programme, was found dead in her house at Service Street in Domain, Suva on the afternoon of July 23, by Police officers who were called to the scene. According to Police, Mr Lusaka had allegedly attempted to take his life and was admitted at CWM Hospital. Police also said Ms Downes was an Australian national and that her husband, originally from Congo, was a suspect in the case. They have three children.
A statement from the United Nations in the Pacific earlier said Ms Downes had 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 in Australia and Vanuatu.
An earlier photo of Henri Lusaka with late wife Jennifer Downes.