A 32-year-old vice principal who threw an electric iron and hit his wife with a drawer will serve seven months in jail after his appeal against his sentence and conviction was denied by the High Court in Labasa.
The court heard that on July 2012, the man had been drinking at his neighbor’s house and after sometime came home to ask for money from his wife.
His wife then told him that she had used the money to buy food and other staff for the family but the man got angry, grabbed the electric iron and threw it at her which landed on her head and later pulled out one of their drawers and hit it on her head.
In his appeal against his conviction the man said the Magistrate should not have ordered a conviction to be entered as he is a first offender, he is the vice principal of a secondary school and is at the risk of losing his job and it is a suitable case for not recording a conviction.
However Justice Paul Madigan said the fact that he holds a career position as a vice principal is of no moment and the court treats perpetrators alike be they poor or rich, of high or lowly status and therefore dismissed his appeal.
In his appeal against his sentence the court heard the sentence is harsh, excessive, the Magistrate in assessing seriousness of the offence picked the wrong starting point and Magistrate erred in identifying and given improper weight to the aggravating factors
The court then heard the starting point of ten months would be appropriate as this reflects the breach of trust, the assault with little or not provocation and the need for severity in domestic violence situations and therefore the appeal was dismissed.
By Mereani Gonedua