Father fined $2000 for assaulting pregnant daughter

The Village Council of Vaiee has fined a 54-year-old father $2000 for allegedly assaulting his pregnant daughter earlier this year. 

A senior matai of the village, Tuia Paepae Letoa yesterday confirmed the village council made the decision when it met on Monday for its monthly meeting. 

“The matter was raised by an orator of the village during the meeting,” said Tuia. 

“After discussions, the village council upheld the punishment and fined the man to send out a message to everyone that violence against women is not tolerated and that is extended to their children.” 

The father is the first to be punished by the village council, following its decision to reinforce the punishment, to ensure women and children are safe in their homes. 

Tuia added the money from the punishment will be used for village developments and improvements where the village sees fit. 

The accused father was charged for using threatening words, and armed with a cable wire caused bodily injuries and assaulted his 18-year-old daughter. 

He was scheduled to appear in Court last month and the daughter has since found refuge with the Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG). 

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