Man, 30, pleads guilty to as­sault­ing boy, 8

Lag­i­lagi to be sen­tenced on April 11; on $300 bail bond

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A30-year- old man yes­ter­day pleaded guilty to an as­sault charge be­fore Mag­is­trate Jioji Bo­sei­waqa at a spe­cial court sit­ting in the Suva Mag­is­trates Court.

Ti­moci Lag­i­lagi, who is self-em­ployed, is charged with as­sault caus­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm. The charge was read out to Lag­i­lagi and in­di­cated to court that he un­der­stood and pleaded guilty to the charge. The court heard that on March 22, Lag­i­lagi al­legedly as­saulted an eight-year-old stu­dent with an ex­ten­sion cord. The boy was a stu­dent at Sam­ab­ula Pri­mary School. The court was also told that be­cause of the se­ri­ous­ness of the al­leged as­sault the vic­tim suf­fered in­juries.

In giv­ing oral mit­i­ga­tion, Lag­i­lagi told the court that he was mar­ried with three chil­dren and sought the court’s for­give­ness. The pros­e­cu­tion did not ob­ject to bail but re­quested for a surety. Lag­i­lagi was granted bail on a $300 bail bond. Mag­is­trate warned Lag­i­lagi that he was not to of­fend while on bail, and not to in­ter­fere with wit­nesses. The case has been ad­journed to April 11 for sen­tenc­ing. Edited by Naisa Koroi

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