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Traditional apologies

Torika Tokalau
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

THE law does not accept traditional apology between parties.

This was the message Magistrate Alipate Mataitini sent to Sitiveni Delai yesterday after handing down an 18-month sentence.

Delai pleaded guilty to a charge of assault for an incident which occurred on October 3 last year.

The court heard Delai, a shoeshine boy, had assaulted his partner — now a registered nurse — while she was studying at the FNU's College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

"Her father, after consulting her, accepted your apology.

"He has nothing to do with this. She's the one that will live with you, not him," Mr Mataitini told Delai.

Delai had told the court he was hurt upon finding out that his partner had cheated on him.

"She did it before and I forgave her.

"I was hurt when I found out because we have a child together," Delai said.





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