NEW YEAR’S DRUNKENNESS TAKES TOLL IN FIJI

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NEW YEAR’S DRUNKENNESS TAKES TOLL IN FIJI

SUVA. Fiji (Fiji Times, Jan. 2) – A drinking party over the weekend to celebrate the dawn of the new year came to an abrupt end for two villagers after they were stabbed by a friend.

The two, who are in critical condition in Lautoka Hospital, were among many who needed medical attention because of New Year parties gone wrong.

West deputy divisional crime officer Luke Rawalai said the group was drinking homebrew on Saturday night at Naboutolu Village, in Rakiraki, when the stabbing took place.

"The group started drinking at 4pm and ended around 8pm. When they finished from the village they moved to a nearby settlement and when they got there, one of them did not continue drinking but later knocked out on the ground," Inspector Rawalai said.

He said while the member of the group was on the ground, two villagers had returned from buying yaqona and recognised the drunkard, so they helped him get home.

"To get to their home, they had to cross a river. So when they got to the banks of the river, the two were trying to take the canvas off when another friend, who was drinking, ran from behind with a cane knife," he said.

Inspector Rawalai said the suspect continuously stabbed the drunkard on his head.

"He stabbed the back of one of the two villagers who was helping out."

The two were rushed to hospital by other villagers and are admitted in a serious condition.

A hospital staff from the Men's Surgical Ward said the victim, who was struck on the head underwent an operation yesterday afternoon.

"But he is still unconscious and is due for another operation soon. Both are in serious condition," the staff said.

The police team travelled to Rakiraki yesterday morning and arrested the 26-year-old suspect. Inspector Rawalai said police have yet to question the suspect.

Police have warned partygoers to control themselves during this festive season.

"The time of celebration is not over yet and a lot of people are still partying. So please, just be careful when drinking with friends. Avoid arguments and unnecessary subjects that will lead to regretful incidents," Inspector Rawalai said.

Meanwhile, at Suva's Colonial War Memorial Hospital many patients who turned up at the Accident and Emergency Unit were carrying injuries sustained during drinking parties to welcome the New Year.

Doctors and nurses had to work around the clock to accommodate everyone.

Some patients waited for three hours before returning home without being checked.

A patients said there were a lot complaining of being struck by drunkards and broken bottles.

She said some nursed black-eyes, swollen faces and swollen limbs.

Other patients were showing symptoms of viral infection.

January 3, 2006

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