7 Dec 2011

Samoan man found guilty of incest escapes jail sentence

10:35 am on 7 December 2011

A 65 year-old Samoan man has escaped a jail sentence after being found guilty of incest, which will allow him to join his family in Australia.

Instead he will pay a 5-thousand US fine, with half to be paid to the victim.

During the trial the defendant denied the charges but the court accepted his ex-wife's evidence that he was the father of the victim.

Both the father and daughter were charged with incest, the daughter pleaded guilty, and is already serving a three year sentence.

Our correspondent Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, says the man learnt of his daughters existence from his first marriage when he visited Samoa from Australia three years ago.