Philip Jimmy, accused of murdering his girlfriend, Alice Karis has been found guilty of murder in the Supreme Court.
Justice David Chetwynd has convicted Jimmy on charges of Intentional homicide and premeditated homicide under section 106 (1) (b) of the Penal Code Act [CAP 135] on Friday, March 9 2018.
From February 26 to March 9, 20 prosecution witnesses took the witness stand and testified against Jimmy, following events that led up to the last moments of Alice’s life.
Among the witnesses was Fijian Forensic Pathologist, Dr James Kalougivak who confirmed that the deceased died of severe injuries to her face, neck and head.
During the trial, prosecution witnesses confirmed how aggressive Jimmy was to the deceased on the night of June 15 and into the early hours of June 16.
One witness conveyed how Jimmy said words to effect that he would kill Alice.
Jimmy was the sole witness in the defense side and he denied facts that were put forward by the prosecution witnesses.
He told the court that he loved Alice and it was never his intention to murder her.
The prosecution and defense counsel both presented their closing statements on Thursday, which was also International Women’s Day.
Jimmy will be sentenced on March 22.
The penalty for premediated homicide is life imprisonment.
SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY POST