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Jailed for spearing son

Shalveen Chand
Thursday, June 12, 2014

THE High Court in Suva jailed a 62-year-old man for two years for throwing a spear at his son and gravely injuring him.

Asalusi Deni was charged with act with intent to cause grievous harm, a charge he pleaded guilty to.

He admitted that on May 11 last year, he had a fight with his son where punches were exchanged.

The son had returned from a "booze-up" and started uttering obscenities after he was told there was no food in the house.

After this, the son threw stones on the roof of the house.

This developed into a fight between the two, after which Deni got a fishing spear and threw it at his son, injuring him in the neck. The son was admitted in the hospital for a month.

After the guilty plea, Deni's son and wife gave their sworn affidavit to the court. The son said he had reconciled with his father because Deni was provoked by him.

The wife, however, told the court that the family had been living in a cycle of violence for years and feared for her life if Deni was released.

Justice Salesi Temo said the use of a spear was no way to resolve a fight. He also made orders so that when Deni gets released from jail, he does not act violently or threateningly towards his family.

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