A PACKED courtroom witnessed an inmate serving a one-year sentence seek forgiveness from another inmate in court.
Iliesa Cualawa had his case of assault causing actual bodily harm terminated after the inmate he assaulted, Arthur James Kamoe, accepted his apology.
The matter was called before magistrate Chaitanya Lakshman who advised Cualawa that the matter he was charged with was a reconcilable offence.
Mr Lakshman encouraged Cualawa to ask for Kamoe's forgiveness because they would see each other again soon, as they were both imprisoned in the same corrections facility.
Cualawa is serving a one-year sentence while Kamoe is left with a one-year-four-month term.
Cualawa assaulted Kamoe while the two were locked, causing an injury to Kamoe's eye.
"Yes sir, I forgive him," Kamoe said with a smile on his face.
Mr Lakshman then told Cualawa: "You see, Iliesa, how Arthur easily forgave you and does not wish to keep you in prison anymore?
"The courts send you to prison so that you can change your lives and become better citizens when you are released.
"The society is such that we accept people back into our lives once we know that they have changed.
"You will return to prison and face each other again.
"I can't have you two in there knowing that there is still bad blood between the two of you."
Mr Lakshman terminated the proceedings in the case after Kamoe accepted Cualawa's apology.