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Man pleads guilty to indecent assault

A 25-year-old man was convicted in the Suva Magistrates Court on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to one count of indecent assault. On March 17, 2018, Waisea Sigatolu of Cunningham
22 Mar 2018 11:00
Man pleads guilty to indecent assault
Waisea Sigatolu (left) outside the court on March 20, 2018. Photo: Fonua Talei

A 25-year-old man was convicted in the Suva Magistrates Court on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to one count of indecent assault.

On March 17, 2018, Waisea Sigatolu of Cunningham allegedly indecently as­saulted a 35-year-old woman at the Suva Municipal Market.

He appeared before Magistrate Li­yanage Wickramasekara and waived his right to a lawyer.

Police prosecutor Corporal Walter Taito served the accused with full phase disclo­sures in court before the accused said he was pleading guilty on his own free will.

The summary of facts revealed that the complainant went to use the public toilet near the bean cart at the Suva market at around 12am on March 17, 2018.

At the toilet corridor the accused ap­proached the complainant and touched her private parts before verbal insults were exchanged between them.

Sigatolu admitted the summary of facts and the court was informed that he had no previous convictions.

Magistrate Wickramasekara convict­ed Sigatolu and found him guilty as charged. In mitigation, the accused sub­mitted that he was single and worked as a carpenter, earning $230 per fortnight.

Further, the accused sought the court’s forgiveness and stated that he was sup­porting his grandmother in the village.

The accused was remanded in custody and the case has been adjourned to April 5, 2018, for sentencing.

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

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