AN elderly man convicted of assaulting a woman after water was splashed on him has been given a suspended sentence.
Peni Samisoni, 67, of Tamavua admitted a charge of assault.
The court was told Samisoni was on his way to a shop in Tamavua when boys playing with water wet him.
And although Samisoni ran after the boys, he could not catch them.
The court was told Samisoni then met the complainant who was standing by the road.
He asked her if she was with the boys who were splashing water on people.
When the complainant remained silent, Samisoni responded by punching her on the forehead.
Samisoni, who'd been brought in as a remand prisoner, said he was sorry for his actions.
He said he was employed as a cleaner and worked only one day a week.
Magistrate Chetaniya Lakshman placed a restraining order on Samisoni and told him not to assault, intimidate or threaten the complainant, who was also his niece.
He said in Fiji, people had a culture of playing with water as part of the new year's celebrations but that did not mean young people did not respect their elders.
Magistrate Lakshman told Samisoni that even though he was angry, he had no right to take the law into his hands.
He said as a result, Samisoni had taken out his frustrations on a person who was not playing with water.
Samisoni was given a three-month sentence suspended for six months.