FIJI BOAT DRIVER FACES CHARGES IN TOURIST DEATH

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SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Dec. 10) - Manslaughter charges are likely to be laid on the hotel worker who was driving the boat that hit and instantly killed 26-year-old New Zealander Rebecca Stockwell.

Stockwell sustained severe injuries to her head when the boat propeller struck her while snorkelling in waters near a resort in the Mamanucas two Fridays ago.

Stockwell and her new husband Hayden had just got married six days before arriving into the country for their honeymoon at Matamanoa Island Resort.

Fiji’s assistant police spokesman Corporal Josaia says investigations have been completed and the file has been forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutor for his assessment on the findings and appropriate charges to be laid.

Weicavu says the boat was on the wrong side of the buoys that marks a specified area for boat routes and the other for snorkeling and swimming by guests.

He says a decision from the DPP is expected this week.

Stockwell’s family is expected to return her body to their home in New Zealand and an event to celebrate her life expected to be held tomorrow.

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