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Assessors to deliver opinion in dhal case

July 19, 2017 12:35 am

Assessors have retired behind closed doors to deliberate on a opinion in relation to a manslaughter case where a brother lost his life following a fight over a bowl of dhal.

The state and defense lawyers presented their closing submissions in High Court today, before Justice Vincent Perera summed up the case.

Aisake Vana Junior is charged with one count of manslaughter.

This morning Defense lawyer maintained his statement in the High Court that Junior had no intention of killing his younger brother.

He further stated that Junior was acting in self-defense as his younger brother was throwing punches at him.

Defense lawyer said it was a spur of the moment which led to the death of Suliasi Waisele.

The alleged incident occurred during a fight over a bowl of dhal.

Defense lawyer further stated that on that unfortunate day, Junior was already cooking dhal when his younger brother woke up and got angry saying that it was his dhal.

Meanwhile, the state in its submission said they have proven the case beyond reasonable doubt.

The state further stated that Junior was inconsistent in his caution interview and in the witness box.

The state said that in his caution interview Junior admitted that he ran after his brother and then punched his brother and the knife fell on him however while giving evidence in court he said that the deceased ran after him .

According to the post mortem report Waisele died of single stab wound.