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Judge convicts brother of manslaughter

The Suva High Court Judge, Justice Vincent Perera has overruled the opinion of assessors and found the man accused of killing his younger brother in Nasinu last year, guilty.

Staff Writers

July 20, 2017 11:09 am

Yesterday, two assessors had found Aisake Vana Junior not guilty of manslaughter while one assessor found him guilty.

Man admitted stabbing his brother, claimed it was an accident

July 18 – A man accused of killing his younger brother had told police he did not realise he was holding a knife when he punched the deceased.

Aisake Vana Junior is charged with one count of manslaughter.  He was accused of killing his younger brother after an argument in April last year.

The investigating officer, Sergeant Vinod Chand of Valelevu Police Station read the accused’s caution interview in court yesterday.

Sergeant Chand said that Mr Vana had admitted that he was cooking in the kitchen when his brother came and started arguing with him.

It is believed that the deceased rushed towards Mr Vana and punched him, which caused the accused to retaliate.

Mr Vana did not realise that he was holding a knife, which landed on his brother’s back and allegedly caused his death.

The trial continues today before Suva High Court Judge Vincent Perera.

Nasinu man accused of killing his brother over dhal

July 17 – The trial of a man accused of killing his younger brother after an argument over dhal began in the Suva High Court today.

Aisake Vana Junior is charged with one count of manslaughter.

In the Suva High Court this morning, the brothers’ sister-in-law, Salanieta Civolivoli took the stand and recounted the events of April 5 last year.

Aisake Vana Junior (Facebook).
Aisake Vana Junior (Facebook).

Volivoli said Junior had accused his younger brother of eating dhal that he (Junior) had made.

According to the witness, the brothers started swearing and fighting in the sitting room of their home.

Civolivoli left the house to smoke outside a toilet and found the victim lying on the floor when she returned.

She said her father-in-law helped her take the deceased to the hospital, where he later died.

The trial continues at the Suva High Court.

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