A MAN who sexually assaulted a five-year-old girl has been told to spend his New Year's Day in jail.
Tomasi Masiga, 50, of Vatuwaqa in Suva pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault.
Masiga waived his right to counsel and told the court he was doing it on his own accord and free will.
The court heard that on December 16, Masiga followed the girl to the toilet and called out to her.
He then grabbed and forcefully kissed her on the lips.
The court heard the girl ran back into her house and informed her parents.
The police were notified and Masiga was arrested and charged.
In mitigation, he said he was 50 years old and separated from his wife.
He also said he lived alone and worked as a security officer earning $115 a week.
Masiga added he spent Christmas in remand and it was a lesson he had learnt the hard way.
Magistrate Alipate Mataitini said it was only fitting that Masiga spend New Year's Day in jail as well because of the despicable nature of the offence.
He sentenced Masiga to 12 months, of which two months would be spent in prison while the remaining 10 would be suspended.