24 Feb 2004

Former Solomons Cabinet Minister's jail term extended to five years

2:45 pm on 24 February 2004

A former Solomon Islands Government Minister was sentenced in Honiara today to a further two years in jail.

Daniel Fa'afanua, the former Minister of Communications, Aviation and Meteorology, is already serving a three year term for extortion.

He was sentenced today to 20 months jail on two charges of assault, one charge of being drunk and disorderly and one charge of resisting arrest.

Fa'afanua had pleaded guilty yesterday(mon) to assaulting New Zealand policewoman Annelise Nygaard in November last year.

A previous four month suspended sentence for traffic related offences committed last year was also automatically activated, bringing his total jail term to five years.

Durinng the sentencing, Magistrate Barnabas Upwe told Fa'afanua that the offences committed were the last thing expected from a Government Minister.

He told the former Minister that he had brought shame upon himself, his constituents and the Government he was obligated to serve.

The Magistrate said the sentence should sent out a clear message that anyone who assaults any police officer while executing his or her duty will not be tolerated and will not be taken lightly by the court.