Woman jailed for stabbing half-brother

By Deidre Tautua-Fanene 01 November 2018, 12:00AM

A woman has been jailed for over two years for stabbing her 17-year-old half-brother with a glass louvre.

Supreme Court Justice Vui Clarence Nelson sentenced 23-year-old Fofoga Tufele of Vailele to two years and six months imprisonment.

The Court heard that the incident occurred on March 11, 2018 at around 2 am when the victim was asleep with his male cousin.

The defendant arrived home intoxicated and invited two of her friends to the house to party. At around 5-6 am, on the same morning, the defendant got into a scuffle with one of her friends. The commotion woke the victim up and led to him telling the defendant and her friends to leave the house.

“The victim then woke up and told the defendant and her friend to leave the house, as they were making too much noise on a Sunday morning,” stated the police report. The instructions from the victim made the defendant angry and led to her fighting with her half-brother. 

 “The defendant kicked the victim causing him to fall on the chair. Meanwhile, the defendant was standing in front of the victim while he was lying on the chair.

“She then grabbed a glass louvre window and struck the victim with the said glass louvre. The victim put up his hand to cover his face, however the glass louvre shattered on his arm and his facial area.

“The defendant continues to stab and smashed the victim on his facial area with the shattered glass louvre, causing the victim to bleed profusely on the chair,” stated the police report. 

Intervention by the victim’s cousin saved him from further injury, when he pushed away the defendant, enabling the victim to get away. 

“He walked out of the house but his body was weak due to the attack and he fell on the ground and the neighbors came to his aid.” 

According to the police report, the victim sustained a deep laceration on his back and above his wrist, which required 26 stitches. He also had an open wound on his cheek and below his ear, an open wound from the right side of the nose down to the lower lip, and a torn-off right earlobe, which required seven stitches as well as multiple scratches on the chest area.

By Deidre Tautua-Fanene 01 November 2018, 12:00AM

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