Businessman receives suspended sentence for causing permanent injury

A Port Vila-based businessman has escaped an imprisonment sentence, after he was charged with intentional assault causing permanent injury.

Justice David Chetwynd said Adam Lopez inflicted serious injuries on another man with whom he had a history of unfriendly conversations.

He said they were clubbing together when Lopez slapped the victim before he went to his truck and took a knife. When he came back, he swung it and injured the victim.

However, the court also heard that Lopez paid more than Vt300,000 to the victim.

Justice Chetwynd said the court was aware of Lopez’s previous conviction that resulted in him being incarcerated for 12 months, but said that he would not consider it in this sentence, based on section 58 of the Penal Code Act [CAP 135].

He said that Lopez is a man of good character and stayed out of trouble until he was fully rehabilitated.

In this case, the Supreme Court Judge sentenced him to two years imprisonment, suspended for three years and gave him 100 hours of community work.

He also sentenced Lopez to 12 months supervision on anger management for further rehabilitation.

The judge told Lopez that any further offending within the three years given will result in two years imprisonment with immediate effect.

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