A 33-year-old welder of Nasinu was today handed a life imprisonment by the High Court in Suva for the murder of his partner from a de-facto relationship last year.
Suresh Chandra was convicted of murder of Farzana Begum on the January 15 2011 by High Court Judge, Justice Paul Madigan and three assessors.
Justice Madigan said that on the day when Farzana was murdered she had been drinking with Chandra and their landlord in the premises above her flat following an argument between the two which led Chandra to hit Farzana in her mouth.
“She was upset and went to her flat downstairs and you (Chandra) carried on drinking with the landlord but when the landlord went inside to attend to things for 20 minutes Chandra absented himself and went downstairs to Farzana even though she had told others that she didn't want to talk to anyone.”
“The landlord saw Chandra with her then through a hole in his floor and he says Chandra had your hands around her neck as Chandra came back up stairs but when he went back down shortly after he shouted for help saying that Farzana had hanged herself,” Justice Madigan said.
Justice Madigan added that a sulu was tied to the rafters but nobody saw her hanging and a post mortem examination of the body revealed death by strangulation and discounted death by hanging.
Chandra had been married with a child while he was in a romantic relationship with Begum.
By Indrani Krishna