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Man remanded for one count of attempted murder

September 17, 2018 4:57 am

A twenty-eight-year-old man charged with one count of attempted murder has been remanded by the Nasinu Magistrates Court.

Rajiv Krishan Padyachi appeared before Magistrate Sufia Hamza.

It’s alleged that he pushed his partner into the water and tried to drown her at Colo-I-Suva Park over the weekend.

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The court heard that the two have been in a relationship for nine months and that his partner had allegedly given him $78,700 which the accused agreed to pay on the 31st of last month.

It is alleged that on the date of the incident, Padyachi initiated an early morning swim, insisting his partner accompany him to the popular swimming spot.

It’s also alleged that upon reaching the pool area, Padyachi pushed his partner into the water knowing that she could not swim.

When the accused saw her trying to swim to the banks, he allegedly jumped in and shoved her head deeper into the water while she struggled and grasped for air.

During the struggle, the victim allegedly scratched Padyachi’s face and was able to shout for help which was heard by a group of people who were trekking down the pool during their training.

The victim was rescued and conveyed to the Makoi Health Centre for a medical examination and released.

Magistrate Hamza transferred the matter to the Suva High court due to the seriousness of the offence.

The matter has been adjourned to the 21st of this month.

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