31 Jan 2004

Samoan garment worker jailed for 51 months over injuries to Vietnamese worker

9:35 am on 31 January 2004

A former Samoan garment factory worker, accused of seriously injuring a Vietnamese colleague at the Daewoosa Samoa factory, has been sentenced to more than four years in jail.

In a deal with prosecutors, Sialava'a Fagaima, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to deny Vietnamese garment workers of their right to be free from involuntary servitude.

Her defense attorney says Fagaima, who has been sentenced to 51 months in jail, had apologised and said she felt terrible about what had happened and did not blame anyone but herself.