Husband Told Wife He Was About To Die
Street vendor Lamuel Dass told his wife Praveen Lata a week ago that he was about to die.
Last Friday a drunk Mr Dass staggered to his home with stab wounds. He later died from those injuries.
Ms Lata said yesterday she wished it was only a bad dream. Distraught Ms Lata said when her husband told her about his impending death she took it as a joke.
“My husband also discussed about how his funeral should be held,” she said.
Ms Lata said her husband was very kind, caring, loving and supportive husband.
“He provided us with all our basic needs,” she said.
“I never thought that such incident would happen with my husband,” she said.
When friends at Sese St, Jittu Estate, Raiwaqa, Samabula, Suva, came to invite him for drinks “I strongly advised him against it. I felt a strong premonition that something bad was going to happen.”
But then he had done this before and everything was fine, she said.
“So the thought overrode my earlier feelings,” she said.
Residents of Sese St have comforted Ms Lata and expressed their disbelief that this serious crime had happened in their peaceful neighbourhood.
It is alleged that Mr Dass, 48, was stabbed several time at a friend’s house in Sese Street where they drank alcohol.
He was later found dead at his home in Jittu Estate, Raiwaqa in Suva on Saturday afternoon.
Residents spoke to the Fiji Sun on the condition of anonymity.
A resident said: “We are shocked to know about this alleged murder happening in our neighbourhood.
“We were surprised when the team of Police officers came today and they were doing their investigation.
“Police are suspecting that this is the house where the man was stabbed.”
Another resident said: “I was shocked when the Police came to this community and asking people about the incident.
“This was the first time the incident has happened in this area.
“We did not know about the murder until the Police informed us.”
The resident said they did not hear any noise on Friday night, everything was quiet.
A neighbour said: “I am shocked to know such incident has happened in our area.
“The incident happened close to my house but I was not aware about it.
“I was home on Friday night and did not hear any noise. Things might have happened all of a sudden.”
Family members were still trying to piece together details of the incident.
Ms Lata, their three children and a grandchild were attending a family function in Sigatoka when the incident happened.
She said she heard the bad news on Saturday afternoon.
“When I reached home, the body of my husband was still inside the house and Police did not allow me to go inside the house and see the body of my husband.
“There was pool of blood inside my house,” she said.
Ms Lata said she did not know how her husband was able to come home after he was stabbed.
Mr Dass’s uncle, Arnold Dass, 62, who stays with the family recovered his body on Saturday afternoon.
“Lamuel came home after 1am on Saturday and called me to open the door,” he said.
“He was drunk and I was not able to see the wound on his body and when he came inside the house and he then told me that he had been stabbed.
Mr Dass said the light of their house was dull and he had eye problem so he only saw the wound on the right hand side of the body.
“He told me to change his clothes and wipe the blood on his body,” Mr Dass said.
“I wiped the blood which was on the left hand side of his body and did not notice that he was also stabbed at his private part.
“After wiping blood on his body, he sat down and he asked me for the cigarette.
“I then gave him cigarette to smoke and at that time he was fine.”
Mr Dass said at that time he thought that it was only small wounds on his body.
“I asked him to come to hospital with me but he refused. I also told him to let’s go and report the matter to Police but he refused.
“He then told me to go to bed and he was also going to rest.”
Mr Dass said he then went to his bed and woke up at 8:30 yesterday (Saturday) morning and went to check Lamuel but he was not in his room and there was only blood on his bed.
“I then started looking for them in the house. I then found him in another room in the house.
“He was leaning on the washing machine and he was naked and covered his body with towel.
“I tapped on his face calling Jimmy Jimmy (deceased nickname) he looked at me and I asked him come to hospital with me but he said that he will go to town and from there he would go to hospital and then come home,” he said.
Mr Dass said he then left the house and was drinking alcohol with his friends.
“Our drink finished around 3pm and I then returned home to check Lamuel and he was at the same place and was calling his name but he did not respond.
“I touched his body and it was cold. I then called the Police about the matter,” he said.
Police spokesperson Inspector Josaia Weicavu said: “We are treating the case as murder as visible injuries were found on the deceased.”