Defence to challenge interview in murder case

March 7, 2023 12:46 pm

Tevita Kapawale.

The defence lawyer for a man facing five counts of murder has indicated that they will be challenging the record of interviews.

Tevita Kapawale allegedly murdered five crew members onboard the FV Tiro 2 in 2021.

He has pleaded guilty to five counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, and one count of criminal intimidation.

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It is alleged the incident took place on May 18th, 2021, along the Mamanuca-Yasawa waters after a heated exchange between crew members.

The state said that they will be relying on the record of interviews and certain admissions made during an interview given to a journalist as an audio recording.

Kapawale was arrested ten months after the alleged incident.

The High Court Judge has ordered both counsels to sort out all the pre-trial issues.

The matter has been adjourned to May 1st.