Suspended sentences for accused in assault case after court rules violence was provoked

    The Supreme Court has sentenced four men to suspended sentences for assaulting a man in September 2018. The court was told that Walter Fangatua, Semisi Tu’ineau, Lisiate Fonua and Siope Ma’u Niusini assaulted Lehopoame Tu’utafaiva. Fangatua was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm by striking Tu’utafaiva with a hoe blade, causing a head injury. Tu’ineau…

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