A woman who punched someone who had allegedly been cyberbullying her has been
discharged without conviction.
Gandersillai Wainiqolo Vosaki
appeared in the Criminal Court before Justice of the Peace Tangi Taoro on
Monday. She had previously pleaded guilty to one charge of common assault.
According to the summary of
facts, read out in Court, the incident occurred on December 19, 2021.
Vosaki and her friend, the
driver, began following the victim after the victim shouted abuse at the pair
from her car, and caught up with the victim near Arorangi.
The victim stopped her car in
a driveway, and Vosaki and her friend pulled up in their vehicle and stopped the
victim from leaving.
Vosaki pulled the victim out of
her car, and a brawl ensued. Bystanders moved in to stop it, but it continued
for some time.
Defence counsel Norman George
said the two people knew each other well, and the victim had been the former
partner of Vosaki’s partner.
“The victim had waged a
campaign of cyberbullying, which had been going on for two years,” George told
“When the victim yelled out at
the defendant, it was like pouring kerosene on the fire.”
George said neither party
required hospital treatment for the brawl and there were no consequential
George called for a discharge
“This was a fight between two
women. It is not an example of the highest cases of assault,” George told the
George said that Vosaki was a
capable and competent individual who was well regarded at Infrastructure Cook
Islands, where she worked.
“The action (of the assault)
was both a relief and a cause of sadness for my client. Relief because it ended
the bullying, and sadness because she was brought up not to resolve matters
with violence,” George said.
“This is a very responsible
In sentencing Vosaki, Taoro
noted the victim impact statement, which said the victim had been “very
stressed” by the incident.
However, Taoro also noted the
incident had been caused by “ongoing issues which had been occurring since
“You are remorseful and ask
the court for leniency,” Taoro told Vosaki.
Taoro also noted that Vosaki
had filed a complaint with police about the cyberbullying not long before the brawl.
“In this case, the defendant
is also a victim,” Taoro said.
Taoro discharged Vosaki
without conviction and ordered Vosaki to pay $50 in Court costs.