Life sentence for carpenter

Jekope Rokovuki Naimawi outside the High Court in Suva. Picture: VISHAAL KUMAR.

A 33-year-old carpenter was sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday for murdering his 35-year-old de facto partner in Nasinu last year.

High Court in Suva judge Justice Salesi Temo ordered that Jekope Rokovuki Naimawi serve a minimum term of 18 years before he could seek a pardon.

Naimawi had assaulted the victim while drinking homebrew with her and some friends.

When she fled to a neighbour’s house, he took her to their house where he poured benzene on her, lit a match and set her alight. She suffered 45 per cent burns to her body and died the following day.

Justice Temo told Naimawi he had to be punished.

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