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Don't hit women, man told

Torika Tokalau
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A MAN was warned yesterday not to hit women again.

The warning was given to Osea Buli after Magistrate Alipate Mataitini handed him an 18-month prison term suspended for two years.

Buli had pleaded guilty to a charge of assault in connection with an incident on February 16.

The court heard Buli had assaulted a female cousin when she came to his house to pick up some of her things.

Mr Mataitini asked Buli why he had assaulted his cousin as he was bigger and stronger.

He also asked Buli why his sentence should be reduced.

Buli said: "When I came home, my wife told me that we had a visitor. I looked in our room and saw my cousin's three-year-old daughter sleeping on our bed.

"My wife said my cousin's husband had dropped the child off with us because my cousin had told him to take the child as he wasn't giving her any money."

Buli said when his cousin came home the next morning, he confronted her.

The court heard that Buli chased his cousin and assaulted her, throwing punches to her head, neck, back and head.

Mr Mataitini, in sentencing Buli, told him the court did not condone violence against women.

He was also issued a permanent domestic violence restraining order.

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