Homicide

Investigations continue into Lautoka murder case

Police are still investigating the case regarding the murder of Salesh Chand who was discovered in a burnt vehicle found at the Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) compound opposite Marine Drive in Lautoka earlier this month. Following a post mortem of the remains found in the burnt car at the Fiji Sugar Corporation yard in Lautoka, police […]

Salote Qalubau

June 27, 2016 8:50 am

Police are still investigating the case regarding the murder of Salesh Chand who was discovered in a burnt vehicle found at the Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) compound opposite Marine Drive in Lautoka earlier this month.

The burnt car which was discovered by Police officers on a morning patrol. Insert: Salesh Chand. (Newswire)
The burnt car which was discovered by Police officers on a morning patrol last week. Insert: Salesh Chand. (Newswire)

Following a post mortem of the remains found in the burnt car at the Fiji Sugar Corporation yard in Lautoka, police classified the case as murder.

Chief of Intelligence and Investigations, Assistant Commissioner of Police Luke Navela said that police were still working on finding new leads to the case.

NAVELA: “There has not been any update on the case so far and investigations are still underway at the moment.”

Earlier this month, Police Chief of Intelligence and Investigations ACP Luke Navela said that four police officers have been sent from Suva to Lautoka to assess the evidence gathered so far to ascertain who murdered 42-year-old Salesh Chand.

NAVELA: “I have sent a team from Suva…consisting of four police officers and they are already there. They are there to assess the evidence that have been gathered so far.”

The post-mortem examination of the victim found in a burnt vehicle earlier this week was conducted yesterday and the case has now been classified as murder.

Police have identified Salesh Chand, 43, as the victim whose body was found in the burnt car in Lautoka earlier this week. (Newswire).
Police have identified Salesh Chand, 42, as the victim whose body was found in the burnt car in Lautoka earlier this week.

Fiji Police Force Chief of Intelligence and Investigations, ACP Luke Navela, said the results would not be made public.

NAVELA: “We can confirm that based on the positive identification of items found on the victim by his wife, we can now confirm the identity of the victim to be 42-year-old Salesh Chand of Lautoka.”

According to ACP Navela, a team of investigators led by the head of Crime in Lautoka is currently following some leads as investigations continue.

The burnt car in Lautoka earlier this week. (Reinal Chand/Facebook).
The burnt car in Lautoka earlier this week. (Reinal Chand/Facebook).

Members of the public are requested to call Crime Stoppers on 919 if they have any information that could assist investigations.

Police are still investigating the case regarding the burnt vehicle found at the Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) compound opposite Marine Drive in Lautoka early yesterday morning.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed to Newswire that Police managed to find a piece of clothing during the investigations but it is too early to identify the deceased.

 NAISORO: “The piece of clothing is not enough for us to go on so we really need to get more. There is a person we have in mind but in order for us to confirm that is in fact that person (burnt body) we are not in a position to do that. We are still waiting for the pathologist examination but the body has not yet been identified.”

Naisoro said certain assumptions were being made that the body had been identified.

NAISORO: “Right now people think that the body has been identified because the family is speaking… but from our side, the pieces of information we have with us at the moment that’s not enough for us to go on.”

Naisoro said that the Police will have to wait for the pathologist’s report.

NAISORO: “If we have to follow those avenues in order to get an identification then we will explore those avenues such as dental records. We will just wait for the pathologist’s report, under the pathologist report the cause of death and other tests that will be required by investigators.”

Police have confirmed that the burnt vehicle found at the Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) compound opposite Marine Drive in Lautoka early this morning belonged to Vinod Patel and Company Limited.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the body was discovered by a team of police officers.

NAISORO: “Yes we can confirm that the burnt vehicle belongs to Vinod Patel and Company. However, we are still working to identify the body.”

Naisoro said that Police is yet to establish the age of the deceased.

“The body we are yet to identify due to the condition of the body. We also cannot confirm on the reports saying that the body is a 45-year-old. Police is yet to confirm whether the body found is a male or female.”

The discovery was made by a team of officers on mobile patrol at about 2:45am this morning.

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