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Man who assaulted his wife given another chance

American Samoa District Court building

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man convicted of assaulting his wife in front of the couple’s children has been sentenced by the District Court to serve 18 months probation after the court waived the 45 days in jail.

The court also warned the defendant he must comply with all conditions of probation, including not threatening or assaulting his wife and children. Samoa News did not identify the defendant in this case, the husband, to protect the victim, his wife.

The defendant pled guilty last week to two misdemeanor counts of assault in the third degree and private peace disturbance in his family.

A dispute between husband and wife occurred a few weeks ago, after the husband came home late from work and was drunk and the wife got suspicious. Thereafter the couple got into a verbal argument, which was followed by the husband pushing the wife who fell in front of the couple’s children; and the husband then began pulling his wife’s hair and hitting her face.

During sentencing, the defendant apologized for his actions and said that their dispute has been resolved.

Other conditions of probation are that the defendant pay a $100 fine and attend and complete alcohol counseling.