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Judge Temo says Devi is an evasive witness

June 15, 2018 7:16 pm

Alleged murderer Marriane Premila Devi took the stand at the suva High court yesterday to explain her version of the events of the day which led to the death of her partner Bal Krishna Naidu.

Devi is charged with one count of murder.

It is alleged Devi set her partner alight by pouring kerosene on him on November 17th, 2016 at their home in Sakoca, Nasinu.

During the cross-examination, Prosecution lawyer, Sujita Lodhia questioned Devi’s comment made to a doctor admitting she burned her husband.

Devi says she made the statement because she was upset and depressed and never told the doctor it was an accident.

Following this, Judge Justice Salesi Temo questioned why Devi was claiming her innocence to which she replied she wanted to tell the truth.

Justice Temo asked Devi why she did it to which she replied she didn’t mean to and her husband had provoked her.

The Judge highlighted that husbands and wives always have arguments but for Devi to pour kerosene and set him alight would mean she was trying to harm him.

The Judge also told the accused that she was a very evasive witness and failed to answer questions directly.

Meanwhile, Devi also claims her caution interview conducted by the Police was fabricated.

The forty-one-year-old told the court that when she read her statement, she informed the officer that answers written were not hers.

Devi claims the officer told her to sign it and that he would make the changes later.

Justice Temo will sum up the case for the three assessors on Tuesday.