Tuisawau calls for swift action

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Police retrieve the body from the crime scene in Qalitu Lautoka. Picture: REINAL CHAND/FT FILE

Minister for Transport Ro Filipe Tuisawau has condemned — and called for swift action — against those behind the alleged killing of a taxidriver whose body was found in a farming community near Lautoka.

He said those who allegedly committed the offence must be caught quickly and severely punished.

In a recent statement, the minister also suggested the need to re-look at penalties for criminal offences.

He suggested that convicted criminals be subjected to severe penalties for murder and pay compensation to families of victims.

Ro Filipe said it was time to come down hard on serious crimes.

“I would like to convey my sincere condolences to the wife and children of Donal Prasad who seems have been the victim of a cowardly and totally senseless act,” Ro Filipe said.

“We of course await the final police report but my question is, what kind of heartless and cowardly people are living amongst us? “They should be caught quickly and severely punished. The police must act swiftly for justice.”

Ro Filipe has also urged the public to consider the task taxi drivers provide “I again remind the public that taxi drivers are serving a critical function, they have families and we have to do our best to support them.”

Police investigations are continuing as the family of Mr Prasad prepare for his final funeral rites today.