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Sevens rep told to reconcile with wife

Written By : CAROLINE DELAIVONI. Digicel national rugby sevens rep Iveri Lavo appeared at the Suva Magistrates Court and admitted assaulting his wife on three separate occasions last weekend. Lavo,
02 Jan 2009 12:00

image Written By : CAROLINE DELAIVONI. Digicel national rugby sevens rep Iveri Lavo appeared at the Suva Magistrates Court and admitted assaulting his wife on three separate occasions last weekend.
Lavo, 24 of Namaqumaqua village in Serua admitted to three counts of assault occasioning actually bodily harm before Chief Magistrate Naomi Matanitobua.
He waived his right to counsel.
The court heard that on December 27 Lavo grabbed his wife from behind and pushed her to the ground following a heated argument.
In the process, the complainant, Laisa Dakuitoga, fell on the footpath and was injured.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Tito Daurewa told the court the next morning that Lavo assaulted his wife again on two separate occasions at 1am and later at 7.30am.
St Daurewa said the complainant claimed in her police report that Lavo punched her upon her return from relieving herself at 1am.
He had accused her of having an extra-marital affair.
Later that same morning at 7.30am, he was alleged to have pushed her to the floor while she was preparing breakfast and chased her out of the house.
Sgt Daurewa said Lavo was at his uncle’s house drinking grog on these occasions when his wife kept on calling him to go home.
In mitigation Lavo told the court that he was married with a six-month old child and played rugby for a living.
He explained that he only pushed his wife after she continuously yelled at him in public to look after their child and not consume grog.
But Magistrate Matanitobua said causing injuries to person was a criminal offence.
The rugby player said he hardly socialised with his family and friends and just this one time it led to a big argument.
Lavo was brought to court under police custody after he had been in their custody since Wednesday.
He begged the court’s forgiveness and leniency saying he was a first offender.
The court gave him time to consult his wife for reconciliation.
Lavo also said that a heavy sentence would jeopardise his rugby career as he was about to sign a contract with an overseas-based club.
He was bailed in the sum of $100 bond and a surety of the same amount by his uncle.
The case has been adjourned to January 8 for sentencing.
Lavo was ordered to bring his wife to court to give an account of her story.



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