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Suspended sentence for assault

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Thursday, January 09, 2014

A CARPENTER who admitted assaulting a woman while he was drunk was issued a suspended sentence by the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday.

Samu Mataiwai, 30, was convicted of one count of assault he committed at Nabua in Suva.

The court heard Mataiwai was drunk and had exchanged swear words with a woman who had walked by him.

Upon her return, Mataiwai confronted and assaulted her.

Passing sentence, Magistrate Makereta Mua said the accused saved the court's time and resources by pleading guilty at the earliest opportunity. Despite Mataiwai's five previous convictions, Ms Mua took into account his mitigating factors that he was a sole breadwinner and he swore that he wouldn't commit any offence again.

Mataiwai was sentenced to three months suspended for 12 months.