Two Charged With Murder Of Fijian-Indians

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SUVA – The brother of a man slain in his factory in December 2009, told the High Court in Suva of the events leading up to the day he was informed of his brother’s death.

Diwam Chand made the revelation in the trial of Eparama Nume, Joveci Naika and Apenisa Lino who are charged with murdering Ashok Chand and Mohini Lata at Valelevu in Nasinu.

Chand told the court when he arrived at his brother’s factory in Valelevu on January 5, last year, the police had already been inside.

He said he was told by a Salesh that it seemed like bad news.

Chand said he was taken to the Valelevu Police Station where he was told to go to the CWM Hospital the next day. He said he was told to identify the bodies, one of which turned out to be his brother’s.

Another witness, Constable Maria of Nausori Traffic, described how a vehicle belonging to Ashok Chand was taken into the possession of the Land Transport Authority.

She said in a joint operation with LTA on drunk drivers, police officers saw a vehicle stop before a checkpoint near Nausori and turn around.

Constable Maria said the vehicle was stopped after a chase and the driver, an Eparama, was found to be without a driver’s licence.

She said Eparama and the two occupants were taken to the Nausori Police Station while the vehicle was handed over to the LTA.

The bodies of Ashok Kumar and Mohini Lata were found by the police in their factory home in Valelevu after neighbours complained of a stench.