Life In Jail For Wife’s Murder
Venktesh Premal Goundar outside the High Court in Suva.
The High Court in Suva yesterday sentenced a 37-year-old Ba man to mandatory life imprisonment for murdering his 25-year-old wife in 2015.
Venktesh Premal Goundar was sentenced by Justice Salesi Temo.
He was ordered to serve a minimum prison term of 18 years before parole could be considered by the President of Fiji.
Goundar was charged with one count of murder.
The evidence revealed that he had a bottle with an unknown substance and poured it on his hand before rubbing it on his wife and setting her alight with a gas lighter inside the Bargain Box Shop in Lautoka on April 4, 2015.
His wife, Sharol Sania, suffered 35 per cent burns and died at the Lautoka Hospital 10 days after the incident on April 14, 2015.
While sentencing Goundar, Justice Temo said his wife had decided to share her life with someone else other than the accused and as a result he chose to murder her.
The estranged couple had been married for nine years and had three children together, aged eight years old, four years old and one and a half years old.
Justice Temo said the couple had been having matrimonial issues for a couple of months and had been living separately.
He said the accused could not take the separation and chose to end his wife’s life.
The accused was told that he had several other options on how to address the issue, but he took matters into his own hands when he committed the offence.
The doctor’s medical report stated that the deceased died from septicaemia, which was blood poisoning due to the infection of burns that she sustained.
In mitigation, Goundar’s lawyer submitted that the accused had suffered from high blood pressure as a result of his wife’s suspected affair.
They submitted that the accused’s children were being looked after by their 69-year-old grandmother, who was unemployed.
SOURCE : FijiSun April 27,2018