Senior medical doctor and former head of Medcen Hospital, Mamea Dr. Emosi Puni has been jailed for 12 months.
Dr. Puni was convicted earlier this year of indecently assaulting a woman patient seven years ago.
The sentence was delivered by Justice Pierre Slicer in the Supreme Courton Friday afternoon.
Justice Slicer did not give reasons for his decision.
He only pointed out that he had made two deductions from the prison term having taken into consideration that Mamea has already been penalised by his village.
What’s more, the Court took into consideration the reconciliation between the defendant and the family of the victim during which $1,000 was presented to the family.
The reconciliation took place two days before sentencing.
When Mamea was found guilty earlier this year, his lawyer Tagaloa Enoka Puni appealed his conviction.
On 23 November 2012, the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal.
Looking past the politics of the last week or so, we are now at the start of the third month of the year, already.
This means Samoa has six months to complete preparations for the Small Island Developing States conference, known by its acronym S.I.D.S.
There you have it. Vailele has conquered the Marist Sevens, winning the 26th Vailima Marist Sevens last weekend after an entertaining final against the giant-killers from Lauli’i.
Today is International Women’s Day, a day marking efforts towards improving the status and lives of women worldwide, including here in Samoa.
The District Court of Samoa has spoken and the verdict is crystal clear.
Last Friday, her Honour Judge Mata Tuatagaloa declared that Gagaemauga No. 2 Member of Parliament, Levaopolo Talatonu, was not guilty. Also not guilty was Levao’s co-defendant and employee, Christine Ainu’u.