Seasonal worker begs for mercy

A seasonal worker, who has pleaded guilty to causing injury to a teenager, begged the District Court for mercy so he could travel for work under the Recognised Seasonal Workers programme this Saturday.

Aitogi Aitogi pleaded guilty to negligent driving causing injury to 19-year-old male, Tofele Sililo, of Lauli’i. 

The incident allegedly took place at Matafele on 13th February 2020. 

Standing before District Court Judge, Talasa Atoa Saaga, Aitogi begged for leniency and mercy. 

In admitting being at fault, the father told the Court that he is due to leave for seasonal work this Saturday. 

“Please your Honour, I beg you for forgiveness," he said.

"This is the only means of helping my children and parents financially.

“I am leaving this Saturday and I accept all the charges against me. I ask you to please forgive me, I will not break the law again and it was not intentional.”

Aitogi added that he has learnt his lesson.

In response, prosecutor and probation agreed a report on the victim of the offending and probation report will be ready on Friday this week. 

Judge Saaga then adjourned the matter for sentencing on Friday 21 February. 

Some close to 400 workers were given green light to be employed in New Zealand earlier this month.  

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