Man Gets Six Months for Beat­ing Wife

Fiji Sun - - Suncity - JES­SICA GOUNDER

Amag­is­trate has told a man his be­hav­iour needs to be de­nounced in a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence case. Tave­uni mag­is­trate Shageeth So­maratne then sen­tenced Ravi Chand to six months in jail. He said a cus­to­dial sen­tence was war­ranted to de­ter peo­ple from com­mit­ting vi­o­lence against women in this coun­try. Mr So­maratne has or­dered that Chand will serve three months in the Cor­rec­tions Cen­tre while the re­main­ing three months will be sus­pended for three years. Chand pleaded guilty to both the counts of as­sault caus­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm and breach­ing a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence re­strain­ing or­der. On June 27, Chand came home and found his wife sleep­ing with the chil­dren. He started kick­ing her while ask­ing for a mat­tress to sleep on. When she asked him to wait, he punched her on the left side of the head. Mr So­maratne said: “You were un­der the do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or­der when you as­saulted your wife as the pur­pose of grant­ing this re­strain­ing or­der was to pro­tect your wife from fu­ture vi­o­lence, but this has not de­terred you from as­sault­ing her.” For the safety of his wife, a per­ma­nent do­mes­tic vi­o­lence re­strain­ing or­der with stan­dard non-mo­lesta­tion con­di­tions, has been granted by the court. Edited by Ne­mani De­laibatiki

When she asked him to wait, he punched her on the left side of the head

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