The Mark of the Jandal

Friday, July 20, 2007

For the Curious

The headline reads 'Guilty of sodomy' and the text is transcribed below

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A 54-year-old man has been found guilty of two counts of sodomy in the Supreme Court.

The victim was a nine-year old boy of his village

The court issued name suppression for both the victim and defendant.

The matter was adjourned to 10 July for a probation report and sentencing.

The defendant was remanded on continuing bail.

He was put on trial on 12 May after denying that he had sodomised the boy on 26 and 28 of April last year.

Chief Just Patu Tiava'asu'e Falefatu Sapolu said the court was satisfied with the evidence given by some of the prosecution witnesses as well as by the victim and doctor called to testify.

He said the charges were proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

The boy testified that he was sexually abused by the defendant on the days mentioned.

He said that he was called over by the defendant to his house, to pull grey hair on his back using a pair of tweezers.

The boy did as the defendant asked. The defendant then ordered the boy to wait for him in the lavatory.

The defendant joined the boy inside the lavatory and sexually abused him, the court heard.

After the first act of sodomy the defendant gave the boy 50 sene [0.19 USD].

The boy said that during the second time the defendant did this to him, he cried because he was in pain.

The boy said that the defendant put his hand over his mouth to silence him.

Dr Aleki Fuimaono testified that when the boy was brought to him by the Police for a checkup, he found evidence of penetration of the boy.
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