Judge describes “Jeckyll and Hyde” prisoner’s assault on wife as “callous and very cruel”

    A man who threw a pot of boiling water over his wife will serve four years in jail.

    Siosaia Langi Naufahu was convicted by Hon. Justice Cato, who said the attack was pre-meditated and had left his wife mentally and physically scarred.

    The attack occurred around daybreak on August 24 last year when the wife was preparing breakfast at their house in Sopu.

    In his report on the case, the judge said Naufahu drank, was controlling and there had been domestic violence in the past. The couple had been married for 30 years and had nine children.

    The marriage had deteriorated over the years, particularly since she returned from a course in Vanuatu in 2009. The judge said the marriage was unhappy and violent. The court was told that the wife had conducted a number of extramarital relationships.

    Hon. Justice Cato said Naufahu  had at one time run a reasonably successful business. He said the prisoner appeared to present one image to the public, but was another person at home.

    The judge described this as “a Jekyll and Hyde personality” and occurred “particularly…  where   alcohol   has  been  involved.”

    As a result of the attack his wife received burns to 35-40% of her body and was on life support for five days. One hand and eye have been permanently damaged.

    “A victim impact report states that she was in  hospital  for  a month after  that,” Hon Justice Cato said.

    “She was obviously in great pain and the report indicates that not only she has residual physical effects from  the incident but she has suffered understandingly marked psychological  effects  as well.

    “It must have been a terrifying experience  for her. Sadly, it would seem some of the children  in the large family  of  nine  seem to taken the side of the father despite the cruel nature of their father’s offending”.

    The judge said the family still had four children who needed support. The wife has not returned home and plans to file for divorce.

    Naufahu was sentenced to five and a half years in jail, with 18 months mitigated. He was also sentenced to 10 months for domestic violence, to be served at the same time as the main sentence.

    The final part of his sentence was suspended on condition that he be of good behaviour for two years following his release, that he attend a course on drug and alcohol addiction run by the Salvation Army, that he attend a course on domestic violence run the Women’s Crisis Centre and that he have no contact with his wife unless she indicates to his probation officer that she is willing to see him.

    The main points

    • A man who threw a pot of boiling water over his wife will serve four years in jail.
    • Siosaia Langi Naufahu was convicted by Hon. Justice Cato, who said the attack was pre-meditated and had left his wife mentally and physically scarred.
    • As a result of the attack his wife received burns to 35-40% of her body and was on life support for five days. One hand and eye have been permanently damaged.
    • Naufahu was sentenced to five and a half years in jail, with 18 months mitigated. He was also sentenced to 10 months for domestic violence, to be served at the same time as the main sentence.

    For more information 

    Women and Children Crisis Centre Tonga

    Salvation Army Nuku’alofa

    1 COMMENT

    1. Kuo tu’utu’uni ‘a e Fakamaauʻanga Lahí ke ngāue pōpula taʻu ʻe fā ʻa e tangata ne ne pīʻaki ha vai lili ʻa hono uaifí.

      Naʻe fakahalaiaʻi ʻa Siosaia Langi Naufahu ʻe he Fakamaau Lahi Cato ʻa ia ne ne pehē ko e ʻohofi ko ʻeni naʻe ʻosi teuteuʻi pea hoko ia ke uesia fakaʻatamai mo piki ai e sino ʻo e mamahí.

      Ko e meimei ko e pēseti ʻe 35 ki he 40 e sino ʻo e mamahí ne vela pea fakamanava misini ai ia ʻi fale mahaki ʻi ha ʻaho ʻe nima. Ko hono nima mo hono mata ʻe taha ne maumau ʻaupito pe ia ʻi heʻene velá.

      Naʻe tautea ʻa Naufahu ke ne ngāue pōpula ʻi he taʻu ʻe nima mo e konga ka ʻe fakakaukauʻi ʻa e māhina ʻe 18.

      Ne toe tautea ia ki he ngāue māhina ʻe 10 ki he fakamamahi ʻi ʻapi ka ke ngāueʻi fakataha pe ia mo hono tautea tefitó.

      Ko ha ʻohofi foki ʻeni ne hoko ʻi ʻAokosi ʻaho 24 ʻo e 2015 lolotonga ʻoku teuteu ʻe he uaifí ha pelekifasi ʻi honau ʻapí ʻi Sopu.

      ʻI heʻene līpooti ʻa e keisí ni naʻe pehē ʻe he fakamāú naʻe inu ʻa Naufahu, naʻe pulepule pea naʻe ʻi ai ʻa e ngaahi tā ʻi ʻapi ʻi he kuohilí. Ko e taʻu ʻaki ʻeni ʻe 20 e mali ʻa e ongo meʻá ni pea ʻi ai ʻena fānau ʻe toko hiva.

      Ka ne holofa e ʻapí ʻi he ʻalu pe e taʻú tautefito ki ha foki mai ʻa e uaifi mei haʻane koosi ʻi Vanuatu ʻi he 2009.

      Naʻe pehē ʻe he ʻe he fakamāu naʻe ʻikai fiefia ʻa e nofo mali ko ʻení pea kē.
      Naʻe fakahā ki he fakamaauʻangá ne toe fai ʻe he uaifí ia ha ngaahi tōʻonga fakamali mo e kakai kehe ia.
      Ne pehē ʻe Fakamaau Cato naʻe fakalele ʻe Naufahu ʻene pisinisi ʻi he taimi ʻe taha pea naʻe ola lelei. O mahino ai ne hā ki he papilikí ;i ha ʻīmisi ʻe taha ka e ʻimisi kehe ia ʻi heʻene ʻi ʻapí.

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