Farmer charged with mur­der­ing wife

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A34-year old farmer of Naitasiri ap­peared at the Mag­is­trates Court in Suva yes­ter­day in con­nec­tion with his wife’s death last Satur­day.

Luke Nase­tava ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Jioji Bo­sei­waqa charged with one count of mur­der.

It is al­leged that Nase­tava on Au­gust 31, 2019, at To­tal Of­fice in Walu Bay, Suva, stabbed his wife, Amelia Mafi, sev­eral times with a kitchen knife and as a re­sult caused her death. Nase­tava was rep­re­sented by duty solic­i­tor Neha Singh from the Le­gal Aid Com­mis­sion. Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Woman Sergeant Prathna Devi filed and served full phase dis­clo­sures. Mag­is­trate Bo­sei­waqa said it was an in­dictable of­fence and trans­ferred the mat­ter to the High Court in Suva.

He told Nase­tava to file and serve any alibi no­tice if he wished to do so. Mag­is­trate Bo­sei­waqa re­manded Nase­tava in cus­tody and said the bail would be de­cided by the High Court. The mat­ter has been ad­journed for First Call at the High Court in Suva on Sep­tem­ber 17.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

Luke Nase­tava, 34, out­side Court on Sep­tem­ber 3, 2019.

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