5 Nov 2008

Australian man gets life sentence in Fiji for murder

2:34 pm on 5 November 2008

An Australian man has been sentenced to life for murdering his wife in Fiji.

In Fiji's capital Suva this morning, Justice Daniel Goundar sentenced Simon Macartney to serve the rest of his natural life in prision, with a minimum of 18 years.

Macartney, who is 35, has maintained he did not kill his 29-year-old wife, Ashika Lata Macartney, in November last year after her strangled body was found under a tree by the side of a road in Fiji.

Macartney's father was at court and said that his son did not react when he heard the sentence, as he was expecting a severe penalty.

Macartney's lawyer Sevuloni Valenitabua says his client will seek an immediate appeal.