An American accused of killing his wife while on their honeymoon continues to be remanded in a Fijian jail and will know if he gets bail in a fortnight.
Bradley Dawson, 38, allegedly killed his wife Christe Chen Dawson, 36, on July 9 in a room at the exclusive Turtle Island Resort.
He then allegedly kayaked four kilometers through open seas to make his getaway.
The couple had tied the knot earlier this year after a whirlwind romance and this was supposed to be their romantic getaway in paradise.
In court, Dawson’s lawyer Iqbal Khan today said his client will not flee the country if granted bail. Mr Khan told the court that Dawson had asked the police to be called.
He said when Dawson was found a day after the alleged crime by a Manoa Ratulele on Matacawalevu island, a few kilometers away from Turtle Island, he requested for the police to be called.
Khan said this indicated that Dawson had no intention to escape and if granted his client would remain in Fiji and adhere to bail conditions set by the court.
The court was informed that Dawson had two sureties and would stay in Nadi until the trial was completed.
Mr Khan said since Dawson’s passport was already with the authorities, a stop departure order would ensure that the American does not leave the country.
Prosecutor Alvin Singh objected to bail and said there were ways in which the American could still escape. Mr Singh also argued that the sureties were not suitable.
Mr Khan pointed out that in a recent murder case of Congo national Kiala Henri Lusaka, the court had granted bail in a similar situation.
He said the sureties that Lusaka had provided came forward to assist him even though they did not know the Congolese national.
The bail ruling will be delivered on September 14. Until then he is being remanded at Lautoka’s Natabua Prison.