Man to be sen­tenced next Fri­day for mur­der

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

A21-year-old man who is al­leged to have mur­dered his 19-year-old part­ner at Colo-i-Suva on June 28 will be sen­tenced next Fri­day by the High Court in Suva.

Su­liasi Fu­ata ap­peared be­fore Judge Jus­tice Thushara Ra­jas­inghe at the High Court in Suva yesterday.

Fu­ata is charged with one count of mur­der.

It is al­leged that Fu­ata on June 28, 2019, at Colo-i-Suva, mur­dered Salani­eta Leba.

Ms Leba, was rushed to the Colo­nial War Memorial Hos­pi­tal where she was pro­nounced dead on ar­rival.

Fu­ata was rep­re­sented by lawyer Shantel Hazel­man from the Le­gal Aid Com­mis­sion. State pros­e­cu­tion was rep­re­sented by As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions El­iz­a­beth Rice from the Of­fice of the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions.

Fu­ata had pleaded guilty to the of­fence last Thurs­day and the mat­ter was called yesterday for the sum­mary of facts to be read out in court.

Ms Rice read the sum­mary of facts.

The facts stated that Fu­ata and the de­ceased were in a re­la­tion­ship for many years. On the day of the in­ci­dent, Ms Leba had vis­ited the ac­cused at his house in Colo-i-Suva at about 9pm.

The court heard that the mother of the ac­cused had heard Fu­ata and the de­ceased ar­gu­ing and she tried to stop the ar­gu­ment, how­ever, they con­tin­ued.

The court also heard that the

two were ar­gu­ing about the de­ceased’s Facebook page and that the de­ceased was cry­ing at the time.

The court also heard that the de­ceased was stabbed five to six times and laid mo­tion­less in a pool of blood.

The ac­cused had then told the mother that the de­ceased was in blood and that he was go­ing to sur­ren­der him­self to the Po­lice.

While read­ing the sum­mary of facts, Ms Rice also told the court that Fu­ata,in his cau­tion in­ter­view, had men­tioned that the part­ner had vis­ited the West with­out the ac­cused’s knowl­edge and that she had ‘love bites’ on her chest and the part­ner did not wish to have sex with him.

The court also heard that the de­ceased had begged for one last chance be­fore the ac­cused had stabbed her five to six times. Ms Rice also read out the post mortem re­sults in court.

Fu­ata told the court that he un­der­stood the sum­mary of facts read out and ad­mit­ted to it. Ms Hazel­man had sought for fur­ther time to file mit­i­ga­tion sub­mis­sions. Jus­tice Ra­jas­inghe or­dered de­fence to file mit­i­ga­tion and state pros­e­cu­tion to file sup­ple­men­tary sen­tenc­ing sub­mis­sions on or by Septem­ber 2. The mat­ter was ad­journed for sen­tenc­ing on Septem­ber 6.

Fu­ata has been re­manded in cus­tody.

Su­liasi Fu­ata.

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