Homicide

Life imprisonment for murdering partner

A 30-year-old man convicted of the murder of his partner has been sentenced to life imprisonment by the Suva High Court this morning. Usaia Kilaiverata appeared before Justice Priyantha Fernando for the murder of Losana McGowan. The incident took place on 4 April 2015 in Suva. The victim died as a result of Usaia Kilaiverata […]

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November 3, 2016 10:10 am

A 30-year-old man convicted of the murder of his partner has been sentenced to life imprisonment by the Suva High Court this morning.

Usaia Kilaiverata outside the Suva High Court this morning. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)
Usaia Kilaiverata outside the Suva High Court earlier this year. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire).

Usaia Kilaiverata appeared before Justice Priyantha Fernando for the murder of Losana McGowan.

The incident took place on 4 April 2015 in Suva. The victim died as a result of Usaia Kilaiverata assaulting her after an altercation between the couple.

Justice Fernando sentenced Usaia Kilaiverata to a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment and set a minimum term of 18 years to be served before he is eligible to apply for release.

Earlier: Murder accused told to be truthful in court

July 19 – A 29-year-old man appeared in the Suva High Court alleged to have murdered his de facto wife in April of last year.

Usaia Kilaivereta is charged with one count of ‘Murder’ of former journalist Losana McGowan in early 2015.

The case was called before Judge Justice Priyantha Fernando.

State Prosecution Lawyer Rajneel Kumar told the court that seven witnesses would be called for when the case goes to trial in October.

Kilaivereta declined the right to counsel and told the court that he had not received all disclosures from the Legal Aid Commission.

The Prosecution responded that Kilaivereta had received disclosures from Legal Aid in May of this year.

Justice Fernando told Kilaivereta to be truthful in court.

FERNANDO: “Don’t try to confuse the court. This is on record and it says that you have received all documents from the Legal Aid. If you lie in court, you will be caught”.

Justice Fernando added that the accused had admitted some facts to Police in a statement last year and that this will be used as evidence in the trial.

The matter has been adjourned to 13 September for Mention.

Background: Usaia Kilaivereta is alleged to have fatally assaulted the late Losana McGowan following an argument in April 2015.

By Allison Penjueli

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