25th January 11:40 AM
Nausori Highlands alleged murderer denied bail
By Semi Turaga
Thursday 12/12/2019
Mohammed Isoof escorted from court easrlier this year

Mohammed Raheesh Isoof who allegedly murdered five people in the Nausori Highlands in Nadi in August this year has been denied bail by High Court Judge Justice Daniel Goundar.

The 62-year-old is facing five counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.

He holds permanent residency in New Zealand.

The bodies were of a 63-year-old carpenter, Nirmal Kumar, his 54-year-old wife, Usha Devi, their 34-year-old daughter, Nileshni Kajal and Kajal's two daughters aged 11 and 8 years.

A 1-year-old child was also found crawling nearby.

Justice Goundar delivered his bail ruling for the Lautoka High court through Skype in the Suva High Court today.

In his bail ruling, Justice Goundar said that according to the Prosecution the five people died of poisoning after consuming some form of pesticide.

The Prosecution is yet to establish the pesticide that caused the deaths of the five.

Justice Goundar said the toxicology report said pesticide residue was found on the victims.

The Judge also said in his caution interview, Isoof said he dropped off the victims but denied any responsibility for their deaths.

Justice Goundar said Isoof had also said that he was having an affair with one of the daughters.

The Judge said the Prosecution's case is that Isoof had a financial motive.

Justice Goundar also said that in the bail hearing the investigating officer said Isoof entered New Zealand after changing his following deportation from Australia.

Justice Goundar says there is a real possibility that Isoof is not going to show up for his trial.

The case will be called again on the 22nd of January next year.


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