13 Mar 2009

Assessors in Fiji court find 8 soldiers and a former policemen guilty of manslaughter

4:40 pm on 13 March 2009

Eight soldiers and a former policeman have been found guilty of manslaughter by the assessors in the Sakiusa Rabaka murder trial.

The assessors had rejected a murder charge but were unanimous in their opinion that the nine accused were guilty of manslaughter and five counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Mr Rabaka died in February 2007, a month after he and a group of friends were assaulted at the Black Rock military training base in Nadi.

The Fiji Times reports the Lautoka High Court judge Justice Daniel Goundar agreed with the outcome, but reserved conviction until next week after a request from the defence lawyer.