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Judge issues order against husband

Mere Naleba
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

A MAN charged with assault was told to treat people the way he would like to be treated.

Timoci Matanavou appeared before Magistrate Chaitanya Lakshman in the Suva Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife Lavenia Whippy on September 30 this year.

Magistrate Lakshman told the court people accused of domestic violence cases should not be given bail because they were mostly likely to interfere with and intimidate victims. "Why isn't he in custody? We don't know what the situation is like at home. He could be intimidating his wife. People and the police force should know that domestic violence is domestic violence — it is not reconcilable," Magistrate Lakshman said.

He also issued a restraining order against the accused.

In addressing Ms Whippy, Magistrate Lakshman said if she felt intimidated in any way by her husband, she must contact the authorities.

"The restraining order issued today is to protect you, he cannot threaten, assault or intimidate you in anyway, and this is not a reconcilable matter. The case has not concluded, the law will take its course and we cannot tolerate people assaulting others because they are angry."

The case has been adjourned to January 16 for sentencing.