Witch doctor, 62, is charged with five counts of murder after a baby was found crawling next to five of her dead family members at the base of a cliff in Fiji
- A couple, their daughter and two granddaughters found dead in Fiji last month
- Police have arrested and charged a man, 62, they believe to be a witch doctor
- Mohammad Isoof was taken into police custody on Saturday and later charged
Mohammad Isoof (pictured), 62, has been charged with five counts of murder
A man police believe to be a witch doctor has been charged with murdering five relatives in Fiji.
Mohammad Isoof, 62, was arrested after a couple, their daughter and two granddaughters were found dead at the base of a cliff in the Nausori Highlands last month.
Police believe they ingested a toxic substance.
A third child, aged one, survived and was found lying in her nappy on one of the corpses by a farmer.
Isoof is a Fijian citizen who lives in Christchurch, New Zealand where he is renowned for his ‘healing abilities’.
He was taken into custody on Saturday night and charged on Sunday.
His alleged victims were Nirmal Kumar, 63, his wife Usha Devi, 54, their daughter Nileshni Kajal and her daughters Sana, 11, and Samara, eight.
The baby girl who survived is believed to be Ms Kajal’s niece.
She may have been alone in the wilderness for up to 36 hours.
Nileshni Kajal and her daughters Sana, 11, and Samara, eight, were found dead in the Nausori Highlands
Nirmal Kumar, 63, his wife Usha Devi, 54, were found dead in the mountains in August
Police remove the bodies from the rugged area after they were discovered by a farmer
Farmer Setareki Nalaga had been checking on his cows when he spotted the bodies in the mountainous region popular with tourists.
He saw a baby resting her head on the stomach of one of the corpses and called out several times.
‘The baby looked up at me, and then looked back down,’ he told Stuff.
Mr Nalaga immediately rode away from the site looking for help before he enlisted truck driver Mohammed Javid and returned to rescue the child.
Farmer Setareki Nalaga had been checking on his cows when he spotted the bodies. Pictured: Nirmal Kumar, 63, his wife Usha Devi
The baby girl who survived is believed to be Ms Kajal’s niece. Pictured: Ms Kajal
He said he offered the baby water and was stunned to find that she had managed to survive on her own for so long.
‘The baby could have wandered off and fallen off the cliffs. And on Sunday night it was very cold here – how the baby survived only God knows,’ he said .
Mr Nalaga said he noticed four bodies were lying face up on a rug.
He said another body rested nearby though there was no sign she had crawled over to the spot before dying.
In her hand was an empty Coke bottle that had no label on it.
A post mortem on the bodies has revealed the group may have died after ingesting a toxic substance.
Samples have been taken to Australia for testing to identity the content of the liquid.
A post mortem on the bodies has revealed the group may have died after ingesting a toxic substance. Pictured: The area where they were found