DAILYKENN.com -- From fbc.com.fj:
A 35-year-old Surf Instructor convicted of murder has been sentenced to life imprisonment by the Lautoka High Court.
Lloyd Richard Senikaucava appeared before Justice Aruna Aluthge for the murder of 44-year-old Australian tourist, Tracy Ann O’Brien Maw in Sigatoka in 2014.
Senikaucava has to serve a minimum term of 16 years before he is eligible to apply for release.
Caitlin O'Brien's "beautiful mum" fell in love with the gentle, smiling people of Fiji from the moment she first visited in 2010.
But Tracey O'Brien Maw could never have guessed that, four years later, one of them would suddenly and brutally snatch away her life.
In November 2014, Ms O'Brien Maw, who had been living in Fiji on and off since her first visit, had been missing for a few days when Caitlin, her eldest child, received a call from her grandmother.
The pain in the older lady's voice was palpable as she urged Caitlin to come over right away.
Caitlin's heart sank.
A farmer taking a shortcut between rural villages in the Fijian province of Sigatoka had found her in a field, four days after she was left for dead.
The 44-year-old was no longer recognisable.
Her body was so badly decomposed by four days in the tropical heat, the only way her brother could identify her was by a distinctive tattoo.
Two years on, the painful, pervading thoughts of what happened to her mother in the early hours of November 7, 2014, are never far from 26-year-old Caitlin's mind, and undoubtedly from the minds of other members of her close-knit family.
Ms O'Brien Maw's first-born child told news.com.au she thinks they will always remain.
"Was she suffering? Was she lying there thinking of us? All the stuff that we will never know, it's heartbreaking," Caitlin said.
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