Police cause of death claims inconsistent: Post-mortem

A post-mortem examination into the death of a man, who police alleged jumped to his death from a two-storey building in Nadi, says otherwise.

Fiji’s Police had issued a statement this morning claiming that the 47-year-old implicated in an aggravated robbery in Votualevu, in his attempts to evade arrest, had jumped from the second floor of a building where he was hiding with his two accomplices. He died later of injuries sustained from the jump, police had said. However, post mortem report “ruled out” these claims, prompting Fiji’s Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu to direct an internal investigation into the matter.

“Findings ruled out initial claims and reports that his death was allegedly linked to the victim jumping from a double story building…Those found responsible will be charged and produced before a court of law,” a Fiji Police Force statement issued this afternoon stated.

The deceased is alleged to have been part of a three-man group implicated in a robbery in Votualevu in which a safe containing cash and assorted items worth more than $94,000 was stolen.  A joint task force team comprising officers from the western and southern division tracked down the trio at a home in Nasau in Nadi where police claimed the incident happened.

“The second suspect was arrested and is also admitted at the Nadi Hospital while the third suspect who is from Suva fled the scene.”

Some of the stolen items have since been recovered.

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