Samoa man pleads guilty to stabbing wife
Apia, SAMOA — A 38-year-old man of Satuimalufilufi village who stabbed his wife under the right eye with a sharp wooden stick, has pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm.
The attack occurred last month, March, at Satuimalufilufi village, when the couple got into a verbal fight while roasting cocoa beans at the family kitchen hut.
The defendant, Afa Tila, appeared before Supreme Court Justice Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke on Monday.
Tila has opted to proceed with his case unrepresented.
He pleaded guilty to one count of causing grievous bodily harm.
According to the government’s case, the incident occurred on March 6, 2019.
The 18-year-old victim had earlier left the defendant and had returned to her home in Satuimalufilufi.
Tila, who is also from Satuimalufilufi, found the victim at her home. He joined her in the kitchen.
While the pair were roasting cocoa beans in the kitchen, they got into an argument and the woman tried to chase the defendant away.
He responded violently by stabbing her two times, once in the face, underneath her right eye with the sharp end of a wooden stick he used to stir the roasted cocoa beans.
Justice Leiataualesa has set sentencing for 21 May 2019.