The Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Christopher Pryde, has said the State will appeal the conviction and sentence handed down to Epeli Talakubu on 31 October 2019 by the Suva High Court.
Epeli Talakubu was charged with the murder of Masi Kalakoro and criminally intimidating Samuela Tabuavou with a chopper. The incident happened in Nasinu on 8 October 2017.
Epeli Talakubu was convicted of criminal intimidation and the lesser charge of manslaughter. He was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment for manslaughter, 1 year imprisonment to be served forthwith with the remaining 2 years suspended for 3 years from the date of release. He was also sentenced to 6 months imprisonment for criminal intimidation to be served concurrently.
The State is appealing the conviction and sentence on the grounds that the Judge erred in law and in fact when he convicted Epeli Talakubu of manslaughter instead of murder. The State is also appealing against the 3 year sentence of manslaughter on the grounds of leniency.
The Notice of Appeal against the conviction and sentence was filed in the Court of Appeal this morning (29.11.19).