13 Nov 2014

Samoan man gets 11 years for domestic violence

11:53 am on 13 November 2014

A Samoan man has been sentenced to 11 years in jail for causing actual bodily harm, and attempting to kill his Tongan partner.

32 year-old, Talapelo Soi, had attacked the woman with a machete at her workplace leaving her with serious injuries.

The police summary of facts also revealed the woman had been assaulted several times by Soi. A police protection order was issued to the Samoa victim support group for her safety.

The presiding Judge, Vui Clarence Nelson, has described the offences as one of the worse domestic violence cases in Samoa.

The court had heard Soi had met the woman in Fiji while he was studying.

Court house in Samoa

Court house in Samoa Photo: RNZ / Mary Baines