Mohammed Shaheem appeared before Magistrate Siainiu Fa’alogo Bull, and when asked whether he wanted to say anything, he said: “I want bail.”
When asked why by the court, Shaheem replied in Hindi that there was no food and water at home for his wife and children.
He told the court that his wife and five children were at their Naduna home and he needed to provide for his family. He told the court he was unemployed because of eyesight problems.
Police prosecutor Epeli Rikaiwai objected to bail on the grounds that tension existed between Mr Shaheem’s family and the family of the deceased.
Police investigator Praveen Lal told the court that during post-mortem examination at the Labasa Hospital on Wednesday, the family of the deceased and Shameem’s family were also at the hospital and it was obvious that they were not in good terms.
Prosecutor Rikaiwai told the court that Shaheem’s safety would be at stake if bail was granted. Magistrate Bull denied bail and ordered Shaheem remain in custody until a bail review next week.