Fijileaks: Warning - Graphic Image of blood soaked and injured Gerber
JEAN Pierre Gerber, 68, was left unconscious in a pool of blood with wounds to his throat from a screwdriver stab. The attacker, an identified Fijian man of strong, big built, is still at large and police have not yet investigated the matter.
The incident took place at Fantasy Island on Sunday November 6 at 11pm. The attacker approached the victim for a cigarette. The victim turned his back to look for his cigarette pack when the attacker started punching his head repeatedly. When the victim fell, the attacker grabbed a screwdriver and stabbed his throat, indicating intention to murder.
Once the victim was unconscious, the attacker took a laptop, phone and his cash. Police were unresponsive to the emergency calls and neither was the usual security guard on duty. Gerber is currently admitted in a critical condition at the Lautoka hospital.
Gerber has been in Fiji from the 1980s and is well liked amongst his community, who has always been an advocate for peace.
He was previously the manager for Treasure Island and Dominion Hotels and worked for many years at the Hideaway Resort, moving on to open his own restaurant Le Cafe in Sigatoka. His business for the last 20 years employs 100% local Fijian workforce.
His daughter Sarah Conrad imports a Fijian branded water to Dubai and she sends the proceeds back to help build homes for the poor.
It is a sad day indeed to witness a kind, humble and good hearted man being subject to such heinous acts.
The attacker is still at large.