Man jailed for teen sex loses battle against deportation from NZ
A man jailed for having sex with an underage girl, who committed suicide after he ended the relationship, has lost his battle against deportation.
The girl's parents say they are "over the moon" at the decision but will never see their daughter again.
Pelesasa Tiumalu who is serving a jail term of four years and three months for having sex with Rotorua teen Hayley-Ann Fenton is to be deported to his native Samoa after his appeal was dismissed.
Hayley-Ann's mother, Lesley Fenton, welcomed news of the deportation tonight.
"He deserves to go back to Samoa ... His wife might have to suffer but at the end of the day he is still alive," she told The Daily Post.
Mrs Fenton said Tiumalu's wife might be upset about him being sent back to Samoa, but at least she and their children could still visit him.
"We can't see our daughter."
Fifteen-year-old Hayley-Ann killed herself shortly after receiving a text message she thought was from her "first love", Tiumalu, telling her, "go kill yourself, I don't care".
It was later revealed that Tiumalu's wife, Elina, had been sending the abusive messages. She was sentenced to a nine-month good behaviour bond on charges of intimidation.
Tiumalu was ordered to be deported but appealed to the Immigration and Protection Tribunal on humanitarian grounds, arguing it would break up his family and stop him from providing for them.
Tiumalu has a New Zealand wife and two young children who, the tribunal accepted, would suffer "grief and unhappiness" if he was deported.
However, tribunal member Melissa Poole was satisfied that the offending outweighed the humanitarian circumstances and dismissed the appeal.
"The loss of life and potential of a young girl, who had yet to finish high school, to experience life as an adult or to have a lasting and loving relationship and children of her own, was an unnecessary tragedy," she said.
"The tribunal is satisfied that the appellant's offending was serious, in that it exploited the innocence and naivety of a 15-year-old girl, who was ill-equipped to deal with the appellant's self-serving attentions. The consequences of his offending have been extreme for his victims."
Hayley-Ann Fenton met Tiumalu while working with him at McDonald's in January 2009.