Po­lice Will Com­plete Probe then Charge Sus­pect(s), Says For­mer De­tec­tive

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Aformer se­nior Po­lice de­tec­tive be­lieves that the bod­ies of five peo­ple whose deaths re­main a mys­tery were dumped in the Nau­sori High­lands.

The for­mer de­tec­tive aired his views on the case and in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the deaths of the five peo­ple more than two weeks ago.

Speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity, he be­lieves that Po­lice want to carry out a proper in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­fore lay­ing charges against any­one. Nir­mal Ku­mar, 63, his wife Usha Ku­mar, 54, their daugh­ter Nileshni Ka­jal, 34, and her two daugh­ters Sanah, 11, and Sa­ma­rah, 8, were found dead in the high­lands on Au­gust 26.

One-year-old Sa­maira was found alive near the

bod­ies of her grand­par­ents, aunt and cousins by a vil­lager who re­port­edly went to check on his cat­tle in the morn­ing on that day.

A post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion re­vealed that the five peo­ple, who lived at Le­galega in Nadi, died af­ter in­gest­ing some chem­i­cal. Fur­ther tests are be­ing car­ried out by Po­lice to find out what it was.

The for­mer Po­lice officer told the Fiji Sun that Po­lice would have to know what it ac­tu­ally was.

“Po­lice is await­ing proper test re­sult on the chem­i­cal that was found in the five vic­tims stom­achs,” he said.

“Even if the sus­pect or suspects tell Po­lice that they gave some kind of poi­son to the five de­ceased peo­ple in their food or drinks, Po­lice have to wait for proper re­sults.

“Once full re­sults on the chem­i­cal are made avail­able, then only will Po­lice file charges against the sus­pect or suspects and prove the case in court .

“I think that’s why there is a de­lay in in­ves­ti­ga­tions and the lay­ing of charges against who­ever is re­spon­si­ble for the five peo­ple’s deaths.”

The for­mer se­nior Po­lice de­tec­tive has been fol­low­ing the case in the me­dia since the day the bod­ies were dis­cov­ered.

Asked what he thought about Sa­maira be­ing found near the bod­ies which were near the edge of a cliff, he said, “I think the bod­ies were dumped there and the lit­tle girl was left there”. “From my point of view, the bod­ies and the lit­tle girl were dis­cov­ered not long af­ter they were left there,” he said.

“And if the five peo­ple died at the place a day ear­lier be­fore the bod­ies were found, then I don’t think the lit­tle girl would have been there through­out the night un­til that Mon­day morn­ing. “I’m quite fa­mil­iar with the Nau­sori High­lands area and if the bod­ies were dumped there, then I don’t think one per­son would have been able to do it alone.”

He said in this par­tic­u­lar case, Po­lice would also have to es­tab­lish whether the poi­son was ob­tained lo­cally or brought from abroad.

Po­lice said in­ves­ti­ga­tions were pro­gress­ing well, but they could not con­firm when they would wrap up in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

The deaths of the five peo­ple re­main a mys­tery so far.

A man and his wife, who are also from Le­galega but with Per­ma­nent Res­i­dency status in New Zealand and liv­ing in Christchur­ch, are per­sons of in­ter­est for Po­lice in the in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

A stop de­par­ture or­der against the cou­ple means they can­not leave Fiji as Po­lice carry out in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the mys­te­ri­ous deaths of the five peo­ple.

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