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Punch lands former watchman in court

Ropate Valemei
Wednesday, February 06, 2013

A FORMER security officer who was found guilty of assault was told not to re-offend for the next 12 months or pay $500 to the court.

Tapepe Teua, 21, was charged with one count of assault causing bodily harm and pleaded guilty to the offence at the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday.

Mr Teua said he understood the charge and pleaded guilty on his own free will.

On June 6, 2012, the complainant, Sereima Vata of Nadonumai settlement in Lami was doing her shopping with Mereani Tabua at Bargain Box.

After paying for the item Ms Vata realised that a tin of hair wax she bought had a dent and she demanded for a replacement.

After asking the cashier, she changed the tin and put it back in her plastic bag.

Upon departure, Mr Teua stopped them and demanded a spot check to which the complainant refused.

The accused punched the complainant's face and she fell down the stairs.

Magistrate Yohan Liyanage said there was no reconciliation done and evidence was shown from the superficial injury sustained by the complainant.

The court heard the complainant is married and is unemployed.

Mr Teua was given 28 days to appeal.


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