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.


+2 #1 2012-12-28 15:56
Justice Slicer has been an absolute godsend to Samoa's justice system. He's an outsider so therefore is less influenced by our culture's shenanigans of who you know...His sentences have been fair and quite rightly the punishment have fit the crimes. I hope he's around longer here...We need this kind of fairness and firmness to deliver justice without fear of retaliation and backlash...Sometimes it takes an observer who is usually not a Samoan to see things objectively and without bias.

Manaomia ni faamasino e le fefe e fai le faasalaga sa'o! Po'o ai lava, pe maumea, lauiloa, faatauvaa pe mativa, a fai ua soli le tulafono ia mautinoa e sa'o ma talafeagai le faasalaga ua ave i e ua molia ma tutu i le faamasinoga.

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