12 Nov 2007

Fiji murder case involving Australian man deferred

2:20 pm on 12 November 2007

A Fiji court hearing for an Australian man charged with murdering his wife in Fiji has been delayed until later this week.

Simon Macartney has been accused of strangling his wife Ashika whose partly decomposed body was recently found under bushes in Deuba on Viti Levu.

Mr Macartney had been due to appear in the Suva Magistrates Court today, but his lawyer Sevuloni Valenigabua said that after discussions with the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions it seemed likely that Mr Macartney would now appear on Thursday.

Mr Macartney was originally charged by police for murder on November the 2nd but four days later he was freed by a magistrate who said there was not enough evidence to hold the Australian.

He was again arrested on Thursday last week and on Saturday police charged him with murder for a second time.