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Murder trial: Accused aware of actions

July 10, 2019 4:48 pm
Rozleen Razia Khan

Thirty-five-year old Rozleen Razia Khan – currently on trial for alleged murder – was aware of her actions at the time of her alleged criminal act.

St Giles Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Kiran Gaikwad testified to this in the Suva High court today.

On May 6th last year, Rozleen Razia Khan allegedly drowned her four-year-old daughter after driving her car off the road near Kasavu, Nausori and then jumping into the Rewa River with the child tied to her.

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St Giles Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Kiran Gaikwad testified that he examined Khan in May last year and concluded that she was free of any mental illness.

He said they went through Khan’s history, medical records, forensic information including the allegation and her charges, education, employment and substance abuse records.

Dr Gaikwad said there was no evidence of any significant mental illness.

He said the 35-year-old accused had also strongly denied any actions to harm herself in the past.

Dr. Gaikwad also said that she was fully aware, alert and had good insight into her circumstances.

When asked by the defense, Dr Gaikwad said that in the past Khan had been on medication commonly used to treat depression, but in her case it was to treat chronic headaches.

He also said that during the examination she mentioned domestic disputes with her husband who accused her of having affairs.

The trial continues tomorrow.

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