Taufahema sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for pouring a pot of hot cooking oil over his wife’s body causing her death

    Navutoka resident Lokoua Taufahema was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment on Monday January 26 for deliberate pouring a pot of hot cooking oil over his wife’s body causing her death  later in hospital on December 26, 2014.

    Justice Charles Cato imposed the punishment against the 42 year old, who was convicted of man slaughter in the death of his wife, Halaevalu.

    He will only spend 10 years in prison after Mr Cato reduced his sentence by three years considering his guilty plea to manslaughter, his  co­operation with the  police, his remorse and his overall  history  of relatively positive achievement.

    Mr Cato also suspended the last two years of his sentence on the condition that he is not to commit any offences punishable by a term of imprisonment for two years.

    The sentence came after Taufahema had pleaded guilty on arraignment to manslaughter on February 24, 2015.

    He had on that date pleaded not guilty to murder and after a trial lasting 6 days in which he represented himself and gave evidence, the jury acquitted him of murder on November 23, 2015.

    Prosecutors argued Taufahema had deliberately poured the oil on her wife intending to cause her bodily injury, and at the time he  knew  that the injury was likely to cause her death.

    Taufahema told the court his reason for pouring the hot oil upon her wife was to scar her so she would not be attractive for other men.

    Taufahema believed his wife was having an affair and he had seen text messages from her alleged lover on the day of the assault, the court document said.

    He read the text  messages while he was about to take his children to the beach that morning and at the same time  he had commenced to cook some chicken using cooking oil.

    According to the court judgement,  after Taufahema read the text messages he said he loved her wife  “and was jealous and wanted her scarred so as to keep her for himself”.

    Mr Cato accepted what Taufahema claimed to be the motive behind the assault but he ruled that that was not a ground to justify his action.

    In his ruling Mr Cato said Taufahema had enough opportunity to think twice about his action and desist from burning his wife.

    “He was seen to place the hot oil down on a table outside the house before returning into the house to pour it over her”, the court judgement said.

    The court found no evidence the wife was in fact having an affair “but it seems clear her feelings for the prisoner had waned over probably a lengthy period and he resented this”.

    According to the ruling Taufahema’s “motivation was to scar his wife so she would be attractive to nobody else”.

    Taufahema married to his wife since 2000 and they have four children.

    He was a talented soccer player and he represented Tonga as a national player and coach and has been involved in various ways training and in workshops.

    He became assistant coach for the national under 17 boys team for the Oceania Qualifying Tournament in 2013.

    The court has made arrangement for the custody and welfare of the children.

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    1. Kuo tautea ʻa e tangata nofo Navutoka ko Lokoua Taufahema ke ne ngāue pōpula ʻi he taʻu ʻe 15 ko ʻene lingi lolovelaʻi e sino ʻa hono uaifí ʻo hoko ia ke ne mate ai ʻi fale mahaki ʻi Tīsema ʻaho 26, 2014.

      Naʻe hili faki ʻe fakamaau lahi Charles Cato ʻa e tauteá ni mo ʻo e tangata taʻu 42 ni ʻa ia ne fakahalaiaʻi ki he tāmate tangata ʻi he mate ʻa hono uaifi ko Halavalú.

      Te ne ngāue’i pe ʻa e taʻu ʻe 10 hili ia hano fakasiʻisiʻi ʻe Mr Cato ʻa hono tauteá ʻaki hano toʻo ʻa e taʻu ʻe tolu makatuʻunga ʻeni ʻi heʻene ʻuluaki tali halaia ki he hia ko e tāmate tangata, fengāueʻaki vāofi mo e kau polisí lolotonga e lele ʻa e fakatotolo ki he hia ne ne faí, naʻá ne ongoʻi fakatomala mo e ngaahi lava meʻa ne ne feia ʻi heʻene moʻuí.

      Naʻe toe toloi foki ʻe Cato ʻa e taʻu ʻe ua fakamuimui ʻo ʻene ngāue pōpulá kae makatuʻunga ʻeni ʻi ha ʻikai ke ne toe fai ha hia ʻe ala tautea ai ia ke ngāue pōpula he taʻu ʻe ua.

      Na’e tali halaia ‘a Taufahema ki he hia ko e tāmate tangata ʻi he ʻaho 24 ʻo Fēpueli 2015 ka ne tali tonuhia ia ʻi he ʻaho ko iá ki he tukuakiʻi ia ki he hia ko e fakapō hili ia ha hopo ne lele feʻunga mo ha ʻaho ʻe ono ʻa ia ko ia pe ne ne fakafofongaʻi ia.

      Naʻe tuku ange ia ʻe he kau sulá ʻi he tukuakiʻi hia fakapoó ʻi Nōvema ʻaho 23 ʻo e 2015.

      Ne fakakikihi foki e faʻahi ʻa e talatalaakí naʻe matuʻaki taumuʻa pe ʻa hono lingi lolo velaʻi ʻe Taufahema hono uaifií ke fakatupu ha kafo pe ʻi he taimi ko ia ne ne ʻilo pe ala hoko ia ke ne mate ai.

      Naʻe fakahā ʻe Taufahema ki he fakamaauʻangá ko e ʻuhinga ʻene lingi loloʻi hono uaifí ke piki ke ʻoua naʻa toe saiʻia mai ha tangata ai.

      Naʻe tui ʻa Taufahema ne toe ʻi ai ha konga ia hono uaifí mo ha taha kehe pea ne ne sio tonu ia ʻi ha text mei he tokotaha ko ʻeni ne ne tukuakiʻi ko e ʻofaʻanga ia ʻe taha hono malí, ko e lau ia e tuʻutuʻuni ʻa e fakamāú.

      Ko ʻene sio ʻeni he text lolotonga ʻoku ʻai ke ʻalu ia mo ʻena kau leká ki he matātahí he pongipongi ko ia pea ne ʻosi tuʻu ʻene fakapaku moa ʻo ngaohiʻaki ha lolo ngaohi kai.

      Ne pehē ʻe he tuʻutuʻuni ʻa e fakamāú ʻi he sio pe ko ē ʻa Taufahema ki he ngaahi text ne langaʻia ʻene ʻofa ki hono uaifí peá ne fuaʻa mo loto ke ʻai ha piki hono sinó ke nofo maʻu mai pe ki ai.

      Naʻe tali ʻe Fakamaau Lahi Cato ʻa e pehē ʻe Taufahema ko e makatuʻunga ia ne ne lingi loloʻi ai hono uaifí ka ne pehē ʻe he fakamāú ʻoku ʻikai ʻaupito ko ha ʻuhinga ia ke fakatonuhiaʻi ai ʻene ngāue pango ne faí.

      ʻI heʻene tuʻutuʻuni ne pehē ʻe Cato ne ʻosi ʻi ai e taimi feʻunga ke toe fakakaukau tuʻo ua ai ʻa Taufahema ki muʻa peá ne fakahoko ʻa hono lingi lolo velá ʻi hono uaifí pea ke ne taʻofi ʻoua toe hoko atu.

      Naʻe ʻikai lava ʻa e fakamaauʻangá ke ne fakapapauʻi ko e moʻoni naʻe toe ʻi ai ha tangata kehe ne i ai haʻana pīkinga ʻa kinaua mo e uaifí ka ne hā ki he fakamāú nagli ko ʻene ʻofa ʻia Lokouá ne ʻosi maʻamaʻa pea hoko ʻi ha taimi lōloa ʻa ia ne ʻikai ke sai ʻeni kia Lokoua.

      Fakatatau ki he tuʻutuʻuni ʻa e fakamāú ko e taumuʻa ʻa Taufahemá ke fepikipikiʻi ʻa hono uaifí peá ke ʻoua naʻa toe saiʻia mai ha taha ai.

      Ne mali ʻa Taufahema mo hono uaifí he 2000 pea ʻi aim o ʻena fānau ʻe toko fā.

      Ko e tangata talēniti ia ʻo ne hoko ko e toko taha soka ʻo ne fakafofongaʻi e timi fakafonua ʻa Tongá mo faiako soka foki pea kau ai ki ha ngaahi ako.

      Ne ne tokoni faiako foki ʻi he timi fakafonua soka ʻa Tonga ʻi lalo hifo he taʻu 17 ʻa ia ne nau kau atu ki he Tunameni ʻa ʻŌseania 2013.

      Kuo fai ʻe he fakamaauʻangā ha fokotuʻutuʻu ki hono tokangaʻi ʻo e fānaú.

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