Nausori Highlands

“Healer” charged with murder of family of 5 in Fiji

Fiji Police said the accused who is a holder of PR status in New Zealand has been charged with five counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.

The suspect who is alleged to be a “healer” will be produced at the Nadi Magistrates Court today.

The bodies of a 63-year-old Nirmal Kumar, his 54-year-old wife Usha Devi, their 34-year-old daughter, Nileshni Kajal and her two daughters aged Sana, 11, and Samara, 8 were found in the Nausori Highlands on 26 August 2019.

A one-year-old girl was also found crawling at the scene.

Police conduct further search for clues in Fiji family mystery deaths

They have received help from villagers to search the rugged area at the bottom of steep cliffs.

Police said they were still seeking clues to establish the circumstances surrounding the mysterious family deaths.

Post mortem results indicated the five died after ingesting an unknown substance and further tests are being conducted by scientists.

A one-year-old found crawling at the scene was admitted to Lautoka Hospital and the baby's mother has returned from Australia where she was at the time of the tragedy.

Fiji police question person of interest, post mortem shows family died after consuming substance

Fiji police said the man is a person of interest in their investigations.

Police have also said the post mortem examination conducted Wednesday are “consistent with an alleged substance ingested by all five victims which resulted in their deaths.”

Further tests are being conducted the Fiji Police Force Chemistry Scientific Lab in Suva following the post mortem examination.

The bodies of a couple, their daughter and her two daughters were found on the edge of a cliff at Nausori Highlands about 30km out of Nadi.

Five bodies discovered in Fiji’s Nausori Highlands

A man riding his horse in the area Monday morning found the bodies after he saw a toddler crawling on the side of the road close to where the bodies were.

A relative has identified the deceased who include 3 adults and 2 children.

The victims from Nadi are a carpenter and his wife, their 34-year-old daughter and her two daughters.

The toddler is reported to be the child of the 34-year old woman’s sister who lives in Australia.

The child is being kept under observation in hospital.

The family’s car was recovered from a supermarket carpark Monday night.