Wainunu farmer sentenced to life for harming partner

A 37-YEAR-old farmer of Wainunu, Bua, on Vanua Levu was sentenced to five years in prison for causing grievous harm to his de-facto partner.

High Court judge Justice Paul Madigan on Thursday sentenced Oliver Whippy at the High Court in Labasa ordering a non-parole period of four years.

In his sentence, Justice Madigan said Whippy was also found guilty of two counts of criminal intimidation in which he had been sentenced to four years for each count.

However, the four-year sentence for each count is to be served concurrently with the initial five years for causing grievous harm.

The court heard that after days of telephone threats and harassment, Whippy arrived unexpectedly at the victim’s office on August 25, 2018, brandishing a cane knife.

“He wielded a blow with the knife towards her neck, a blow that she fended off with her left hand, resulting in the grievous harm to her hand that needed subsequent surgery at CWM Hospital,” Justice Madigan said.

“From her office, he dragged her through the grounds of the resort, beating her with the blade of the knife and uttering threats of murder.

“The victim’s colleague followed them, filming the ongoing attack on her mobile phone, the accused threatened her to stop filming.

“Eventually, the police arrived and the accused threatened to kill the victim if they came anywhere near him.

“Fortunately, the police were able to defuse the situation and make the accused surrender his knife.”

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