A man with a history of domestic violence has been sentenced to eight months imprisonment and warned not to ‘sweep his behaviour under the carpet’.
Morey Vati appeared before
Justice of the Peace Tangi Taoro at the Criminal Court in Avarua on Monday for
sentencing. He had previously pleaded guilty to a charge of assault on a female
on July 21, 2022.
Crown prosecutor Lisa William
told the Court there were several aggravating features to the incident, which
occurred on April 14, 2022.
According to the summary of
facts, read out in Court, the incident occurred at his home in Titikaveka,
after an argument.
The victim tried to escape
from Vati and go into the kitchen, but Vati blocked the entrance to the door.
Vati then punched the victim
in the face, which, according to the summary of facts, left the victim without
vision in her right eye for several days. The victim’s father also entered the
scene in an attempt to break Vati away, but Vati also assaulted him.
William told the Court that
Vati also attempted to strangle the victim, who made “several attempts to
escape the defendant”.
William also told the Court
that Vati had a previous domestic violence conviction from 2019, which resulted
in him being imprisoned for six months.
Vati also had several other
“The defendant does not
display any remorse for his actions,” William told the Court.
Vati, who represented himself
in Court, told JP Taoro that it was a “he said, she said” matter, and that his
actions were in response to an attack from the victim.
Taoro told Vati that his
guilty plea indicated he accepted the summary of facts.
Vati responded that he pleaded
guilty because he just wanted his life back and not having the charge hang over
“You were provided with
disclosures, this is a serious matter,” JP Taoro replied.
In sentencing Vati, JP Taoro
set the starting point for the sentencing at 10 months, with an extra two
months’ uplift for previous history of domestic assault, and a discount of four
months for his early guilty plea.
Accordingly, JP Taoro
sentenced Vati to eight months’ imprisonment, and 12 months’ probation. The
conditions of probation included that Vati was not allowed to purchase or drink
alcohol, or enter any licensed premises.
He also had to attend any
court-ordered counselling services.
“Domestic violence is a
serious offence. You cannot sweep what you have done under the carpet,” JP