SAMOAN GETS 10 YEARS FOR RAPING ‘DEFENSELESS PALANGI’

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Victim was an expatriate worker in Samoa

By Joyetter Luamanu APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Sept. 14, 2011) - A man who raped an expatriate worker has disgraced Samoa.

Justice Vui Clarence Nelson said he has harmed efforts by the country to attract tourists.

The remarks were made yesterday when he jailed Ioane Ah Man, ten years for raping an expatriate worker in June 2011.

According to the police summary of facts, the 25-year-old victim was snorkeling when she saw the defendant, who worked for a local beach resort.

Ah Man greeted the woman and started a conversation with her.

The defendant then invited her to view the area, which he claimed was affected by the tsunami in 2009.

The defendant led the victim further and further in land.

When she became uncomfortable, she asked Ah Man to take her back.

It was then that he turned ugly.

The defendant attempted to perform oral sex on the girl but she resisted.

The police report says he became angry, grabbed the victim by her neck and tried to strangle her. He threatened to kill her if she resisted.

In the end, the victim was too fearful to resist. The Court heard she feared for her life.

That’s when he raped her.

Afterwards, the defendant led the victim by her hand back to the resort.

When they came across a group of women, the victim screamed for help. It was then Ah Man took off.

The following day, the defendant was apprehended. He immediately admitted that he raped the victim.

In mitigation, the defendant said he’s married and has two children.

But Justice Vui wouldn’t have any of it.

"It’s great pity the defendant did not think of his wife and children when he raped a defenceless palagi woman who was out swimming on the beach," said Justice Vui. The judge said the sentence should serve as a warning.

"This should tell the defendant and others who are like minded that this same crime, the sentencing conveys condemnation of such criminal conduct," he said. "The offending is aggravating because it was pre-planned. "The defendant lured the victim to a deserted bush and took advantage of her vulnerability."

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