Alleged killer of Fiji Red Cross director judged insane
August 08 2003 12:00 AM ET
A man charged with hacking to death Fiji's openly gay Red Cross chief and his partner was ordered to be detained indefinitely in a mental hospital after being judged innocent of the slayings by reason of insanity. Apete Kaisau, a 29-year-old ethnic Fijian, allegedly slashed to death Fiji Red Cross director John Scott, 53, and his New Zealander partner, Gregory Scrivener, 39, in July 2001. Judge Nazhat Shameem told Suva Magistrates Court on Wednesday that Kaisau was mentally unfit to enter a plea and declared him innocent by reason of insanity. Scott came to public prominence in his role as Red Cross chief during Fiji's 2000 coup, when he was allowed to visit cabinet ministers and lawmakers taken hostage. Police commissioner Isikia Savua said at the time of Kaisau's arrest that the young man had been "exploited" by Scott and Scrivener, but he did not elaborate.