Lautoka murder and suicide shock Fijian community

Yogesh Chandra (Suva, Fiji)

The Lautoka com­munity is in a state of shock after a 59-year-old man and his wife were found dead at their home last weekend.

It is alleged that the man, named Sundreshan Goundar, murdered his wife Lata, who succumbed to multiple wounds, and then took his own life.

A neighbour said that he was in a state of disbelief when he heard the news.

“I was confused to hear this be­cause the couple never had any quarrels or disputes. I had just met the late Mr Goundar on the Saturday morning (the day of the incident) before going to work. I greeted him and things looked normal, just like any other day,” he said.

“They were a really happy couple and their residence was in a central location, therefore attracting fre­quent visitors as well. This is the first time that such a tragedy has occurred in our commu­nity,” he said.

Depressing news

Mr Goundar was a chef at a restau­rant in Savusavu, prior to settling in Lautoka.

Another person said that she was dumb­struck because she had seen the two together earlier.

“The couple has been living hap­pily. Both of them liked me and al­ways took time to talk to me. I did not see any signs of disputes or disagreements. They are survived by three children, two daughters and a son. All of them are married,” she said.

Police investigation

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed that a Lautoka couple died in what is suspected to be an al­leged murder and suicide on Satur­day, August 25, 2018.

Ms Naisoro said that couple’s daughter-in-law found the bodies at their Saweni home and that Lata was found in a pool of blood. She found Mr Goundar’s dead body outside the house.

Police are investigating.

Under Special Arrangement with the Fiji Sun.

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Photo Caption:

Sundreshan and Lata Goundar (Fiji Sun Picture)

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