Carpenter, who murdered wife, to be sentenced tomorrow

Jekope Rokovuki Naimawi outside the High Court in Suva. Picture: VISHAAL KUMAR.

Suva  High Court judge Justice Salesi Temo will sentence a  33-year-old carpenter convicted of  murdering  his wife tomorrow.

Jekope Rokovuki Naimawi appeared before  Justice Salesi Temo  today.  Justice Temo found the man guilty while delivering his judgment.

Naimawi murdered his  35-year-old wife in Nasinu last year on January 10 and following trial, two assessors had found Naimawi guilty of murder while one assessor delivered a not guilty opinion but found him guilty of manslaughter.

While submitting their sentencing submissions, State lawyer Julianne Fatiaki said the tariff for murder was mandatory life –imprisonment and  requested if the court could consider setting a minimum term of 20 years to be served by Naimawi.

Ms Fatiaki told court to consider a sentence that was of deterrence.

Naimawi was further remanded.


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