Teacher pleads guilty to assault

A teacher at Lotofaga College accused of assaulting a student has pleaded guilty to the charge.

Punaotala Iakopo, of Lotofaga, assaulted a  student on 27 March 2018. 

The matter was presided over by District Court Judge, Alalatoa Rosella Papali’i. 

Prosecuting the matter was Vaisala Afoa of the Attorney General’s Office, while the defendant stood in prose. 

During the hearing yesterday, parents of the students informed the Court that a ifoga (traditional apology) was conducted and accepted by the family. 

Judge Alalatoa ordered for a Police summary of facts and the victim impact report on the matter. Sentencing has been scheduled for 22 June 2018. 

Mr. Iakopo remains at liberty as part of his bail.

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