By ANA VURU
A Fijian man who was involved in a four-year relationship with murdered Australian woman Tracey Ann O’Brien Maw has broken his silence to local media over her death, to say he was out of town when the incident happened.
The man, whose identity has not been revealed, spoke to the Fiji Times newspaper through Vunavutu Village headman Ponijese Waqa and said he was in the Fijian capital, Suva, during the time of Ms Maw’s death and knew nothing about what happened.
“I don’t know anything because I wasn’t there,” the man said.
Mr Waqa said the man returned to Sigatoka the day after Ms Maw was found dead near the Vunavutu Village junction.
She had been visiting the village earlier. Overseas media reported it was part of a bid to reconcile their relationship.
Mr Waqa said he had also spoken to another villager who was with Ms Maw at a drinking party last Thursday (6 November).
“I spoke to one of the young boys she was drinking with and he said Tracey had gone with him and another boy to a nightclub that night and they continued drinking at a playground after that,” he said.
Ms Maw was found dead by a farmer four days later.
Mr Waqa said his main concern was that Vunavutu Village was known for hospitality afforded to visitors and Ms Maw’s death cast a long shadow over the village.
“This is the first time for such a thing to happen in the village and we feel for the deceased’s family,” he said.
Meanwhile, Fijian Police are continuing investigations with a man already in custody for questioning in connection with the death.
ADDITIONAL REPORTING: FIJI TIMES