12 May 2008

Samoan rapist gets 16-year jail term for reoffending

1:28 pm on 12 May 2008

The Supreme Court in Samoa has sentenced to 16 years and six months a convicted serial rapist who was found guilty last month of five counts each of rape and indecent assault as well as one count of abduction.

It is the second time the defendant, Neli Pagaiali'i Pa'uesi, of Tanugamanono village has been jailed for the same crime.

He was first jailed in 2002 for seven years but released on parole in December 2005 after he had served 3 and half years of his previous sentence.

However, Pa'uesi re-offended in April last year while on probation.

In his ruling, the presiding judge, Lesatele Rapi Va'ai, said the defendant's crime showed he had no remorse and respect for women and the rule of law.

The victim suffered serious mental and physical problems as a result of his crimes.