23rd September 08:33 AM
Colanaudolu had confessed to injuring the 14-year-old girl - Police Inspector
By Vijay Narayan and Swastika Singh
Wednesday 17/05/2017
Josua Colanaudolu.

The Police Inspector who investigated the case of the rape and murder of the 14-year-old girl in Deuba in March last year, confirmed in the Suva court house that Josua Colanaudolu had confessed to injuring the 14-year-old girl.

Inspector Elia Waqanidrola told the court that on the 26th of March last year, after the devotion at Navua Police Station, Colanaudolu apologised to him and other crime personnel and said that he was the one who injured the 14-year-old girl.

Waqanidrola said that he then advised Colanaudolu that it is a very serious allegation that he is confessing to.

He said that Colanaudolu said that he understood this and he was the one who did it.

Waqanidrola told the court that Colanaudolu was not forced, threatened or assaulted to take part in the crime scene reconstruction.

During the cross examination, defence lawyer Michael Fesaitu put to Waqanidrola that Colanaudolu was escorted from Pacific Harbour Community Post, taken to a roundabout behind a golf course where he was blindfolded, handcuffed and stripped naked.

Waqanidrola said that this did not happen.

Fesaitu then put to Waqanidrola that at the roundabout, chillies were rubbed on Colanaudolu’s private parts and he was threatened to admit the allegation. 

Waqanidrola said that this is not true.

39-year-old security officer Josua Colanaudolu is facing one count of murder, 6 counts of rape, 4 counts of abduction and one count of indecently annoying a female.

The charges include the case where Colanaudolu allegedly abducted, raped and murdered a 14-year-old girl in Deuba in March last year.

The trial continues before Justice Salesi Temo.

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