Man assaulted partner in Magistrates Court
A MAN has been sentenced directly by the Magistrates’ Court after he was condemned by that court for assaulting his wife in front of the presiding Magistrate.
Johnson Namuri from Tanna had been given five months with immediate effect starting from May 12, 2016 but he has launched an appeal, claiming he was not given a chance to enter the plea or seek any advice.
That resulted in him now being released on bail after Supreme Court Judge JP Geoghegan was satisfied that it would be completely unjust to require Namuri to spend one more day in prison.
He said that it appeared clear that what the Magistrates Court did might be beyond their jurisdiction to sentence Namuri the way it did.