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Military Man Jailed For Assault On Daughter

High Court judge Justice Daniel Goundar strongly reprimand­ed a military man who had repeatedly hit his daughter and hurt her, saying that a jail sentence was the best form of
31 Aug 2018 11:00
Military Man Jailed  For Assault On Daughter

High Court judge Justice Daniel Goundar strongly reprimand­ed a military man who had repeatedly hit his daughter and hurt her, saying that a jail sentence was the best form of pun­ishment for him.

Viliame Sokiveta was sentenced to six months imprisonment by the High Court in Suva yesterday. He is to serve only four months, after being in remand for two months.

“Your military career may come to an end with this criminal convic­tion and that is a form of punishment for you.

“A prison sentence is unavoidable in cases of family violence using weapons that is because the courts have a duty to denounce family violence and deter others,” Justice Goundar said.

THE SENTENCE

Sokiveta who is married with four children was convicted for act with intent to cause grievous harm on his eldest daughter who is 29, a single mother and has two children.

Justice Goundar also issued a permanent domestic violence re­straining order with the standard non-molestation conditions for the safety and well-being of the victim.

The order was in place until further notice from the Family Court.

THE CASE

The incident happened on June 30, 2018, in Nasinu, when the vic­tim arrived at their home under the influence of alcohol in the early hours of the morning.

Sokiveta had approached the victim when she arrived at home and asked her to leave as he was upset to see her drunk.

The victim ignored Sokiveta’s directive and he lost his temper.

Sokiveta picked up his grandchild’s bicycle, threw it at the victim and it landed on her left arm and hips.

He also threw punches at the victim’s chin and grabbed a clothing line stick and hit the victim on her head and as the result, she bled.

JUDGE’S VERDICT

Justice Goundar told Sokiveta: “You had an impressive military ca­reer. You have served in the peacekeeping missions and are also a lay preacher and church elder.

“However, I cannot ignore the fact that the case was of family vio­lence. The victim is your daughter.

“No matter what the circumstances are, there can never be an ex­cuse to inflict violence on a family member,” Justice Goundar said.

He said he took into account the breach of trust and the repeated na­ture of physical violence using weapons as the aggravating factors.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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