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No Parole for Jailed Violent Father, 25

No Parole for Jailed Violent Father, 25
September 13
10:45 2018

A 25-year-old man was handed a two-years sentence for assaulting his wife and children.

The man appeared and was sentenced by High Court judge Justice Daniel Goundar in Suva yesterday.

He had pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of act with intent to cause grievous harm and two counts of assault causing actual bodily harm.

The incident occurred on June 11, 2018 in Suva at around 10pm after the man who worked as a baker in Suva, returned home from work and had an argument with the wife on the disciplinary issues of their two daughters.

After the argument, the man picked up a raw cassava root and hit his wife.

He also threw punches at his wife, which resulted in bruised and swollen face.

His wife was pregnant at the time of the incident.

The following day, the man had another argument with his wife when he witnessed his three-year-old daughter playing in the dirt.

He scolded his daughter not to play, but she did not listen.

This triggered the man to hit his daughter with a stick and the handle portion of a wooden kitchen knife.

He also had rubbed chillies on his daughter’s mouth, packed her in a sack and hit her with a phone charger five times.

She was medically examined and findings revealed that the three-year-old girl had suffered bruises and swollen face, multiple bruises on her upper back and was also hospitalised.

On the same day, the man saw his four-year-old daughter crying outside wanting to be with her mother who was in the hospital.

The man slapped his four-year-old daughter on the face, which resulted in a bleeding nose. He also used a wooden broom to hit her.

Justice Goundar, while delivering the sentence, said the act with intent to cause grievous harm was a serious offence.

He said to the accused: “You breached their trust by inflicting violence on children who were vulnerable due to tender age.

“Beating your children was cruel as it resulted in psychological trauma.”

Justice Goundar said he took as a mitigating factor that the man had pleaded guilty and expressed remorse, was a first time offender and was in remand since June 18.

But, Justice Goundar said, the victims were his pregnant wife and two children.

He sentenced the man to two years imprisonment without parole.

He declined to give a non-parole period to give the man a chance to rehabilitate.

Justice Goundar said the suspension was not appropriate due to the weapons used to inflict harm on the victims, especially the children.

He also issued an interim domestic violence restraining order (DVRO) until further order from the Family High Court.

Edited by Percy Kean

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