Homicide

50-yr-old man accused of murdering woman pleads guilty

A 50-year-old man charged with the death of his 33-year-old de facto partner pleaded guilty to one count of murder at the Suva High Court yesterday. Bernard Hicks appeared before High Court Judge, Justice Salesi Temo. The charge was read out to the accused in court to which he indicated he understood and pleaded guilty […]

Salote Qalubau

August 6, 2016 11:00 am

A 50-year-old man charged with the death of his 33-year-old de facto partner pleaded guilty to one count of murder at the Suva High Court yesterday.

Bernard Hicks outside the Suva High Court yesterday. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)
Bernard Hicks outside the Suva High Court yesterday. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)

Bernard Hicks appeared before High Court Judge, Justice Salesi Temo.

The charge was read out to the accused in court to which he indicated he understood and pleaded guilty to.

The court was told the accused allegedly murdered 33-year-old Lavenia Radinitavea on the 1st of May, this year.

The State has been given time to file the summary of facts.

They have also been instructed by the court to get a copy of the victim’s impact statement and a list of the accused’s previous convictions.

The defence were also given time to file their mitigation.

The matter has been adjourned to August 19 for bail hearing.

The accused has been further remanded in custody.

The 50-year-old man who allegedly murdered a 33-year-old woman in an apartment in Suva earlier last month appeared at the Suva High Court this morning.

Bernard Hicks at the High Court in Suva yesterday.( Photo: Salote Qalubau)
Bernard Hicks at the High Court in Suva. (Salote Qalubau/Newswire)

Bernard Hicks appeared before Judge Justice Salesi Temo.

Defence lawyer Emosi Koroi presented copies of the bail applications to the Court.

The State Prosecutor requested more time to look into the application.

Justice Temo adjourned the matter to the 8th of July, 2016.

The accused has been further remanded.

The 50-year-old man who allegedly murdered a 33-year-old woman in an apartment in Suva earlier this month appeared at the Suva High Court this afternoon.

Bernand Hicks appeared before High Court Judge Justice Salesi Temo.

Hicks was represented in court by lawyer Emosi Koroi.

The matter was called for mention. The Office of the Director of Public Prosecution has requested for 21 days to file disclosures.

Justice Temo has adjourned the matter to the 10th of June for next mention and for the disclosures to be filed on the same day.

The accused has been further remanded in custody.

50-year-old Bernard Hicks who allegedly murdered his 33-year-old partner in their apartment in Suva on Sunday night appeared in the Suva Magistrates Court this afternoon.

50-year-old Bernard Hicks at the Suva Magistrates Court today. (Peni Shute/Newswire)
50-year-old Bernard Hicks at the Suva Magistrates Court today. (Peni Shute/Newswire)

Hicks appeared before Magistrate Shageeth Somaratne who made his ruling on the argument presented by the prosecution.

Defence lawyer Sovoveti Volau told the court that prosecution had not submitted enough grounds to deny his bail and said that it is her client’s constitutional right to be allowed bail.

Volau also told the court that her client was willing to be put on very strict conditions.

She also produced the following mitigating factors to the court:

  • Hicks was willing to relocate to Veisari.
  • Father of 9 children.
  • He is a fisherman who has to provide for his family’s needs.

The prosecution replied and told the court that the case at hand was a matter of public interest, where the safety of the accused will be at risk and that the case was a domestic violence offence.

The prosecution also told the court that the accused had abandoned his family 5 years ago, and lived with the deceased since and did support the family.

Magistrate Somaratne has transferred this case to the Suva High Court for mention on the 20th of May, 2016.

The accused has been remanded in custody.

50-year-old, Bernard Hicks who allegedly murdered a 33-year-old woman in an apartment in Suva on Sunday night appeared in the Suva Magistrates Court this afternoon.

50-year-old Bernard Hicks at the Suva Magistrates Court this afternoon. (Peni Shute/Newswire)
50-year-old Bernard Hicks at the Suva Magistrates Court this afternoon. (Peni Shute/Newswire)

It is alleged that Hicks stabbed the 33-year-old after an argument.

Hicks applied for bail and confirmed that his sister is available to be a surety.

The prosecution objected to bail saying that it is an indictable offence.

The bail ruling will be delivered tomorrow morning.

Hicks has been remanded in custody.

The 50-year-old man who stabbed his defacto partner at their rented apartment along Robertson road in Suva is expected to be charged later today.

Police spokesperson Inspector Josaia Weicavu said they will determine the man’s charges after they have received the post-mortem result.

WEICAVU: “We are waiting for the post-mortem results after receiving the post-mortem results we will press charges on the 50-year-old man.”

“After receiving the post-mortem results we will press charges on the man and he will be appear at the Suva Magistrate Court tomorrow.”

A 50-year-old man is in police custody for the death of a 33-year-old receptionist after an argument last night.

Police Spokesperson Inspector Josaia Weicavu told Newswire that the suspect stabbed his defacto wife at their rented apartment along Robertson road in Suva.

WEICAVU: “The victim was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead before arrival.”

“We are treating the case as murder and investigations continue.”

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