Sione Uesele Feausi
From Waikato Times story 14th July 2006
A former Hamilton school bus and taxi driver lured a girl into his car and took her to the zoo where he indecently assaulted her, a Hamilton court heard yesterday. Sione Feausi appeared before Judge Denise Clark in the Hamilton District Court yesterday having previously pleaded guilty to two charges of doing an indecent act on the girl, aged 13. He was sentenced to 20 months in jail. Defence lawyer Nitin Deobhakta said Feausi, who was involved in the Samoan community volunteering with his church youth group, had suffered considerable shame after the incident in September last year. Crown prosecutor Rebecca Mann said the incident had an "element of abduction".
The girl was walking home from school. Feausi, a school bus and taxi driver at the time, saw her and offered her a ride in his taxi. Instead of taking her home, he took her to Hamilton Zoo, led her into the men's toilets and touched her breasts and bottom. She ran away but he caught up, grabbed her and tried to put his tongue in her mouth and his hands under her clothes. Mr Deobhakta said this was Feausi's "first foray into this kind of offending" and he had lost his job as a result. He said there was no actual skin-to-skin contact with the girl and she did not alert zoo staff to the incident. Mr Deobhakta asked for permission for Feausi to apply for home detention.
Ms Mann said Feausi still denied he had done anything wrong which put him at a high risk of reoffending. "There is a real need to protect the public from this offender," she said. Judge Clark said the incident was not as serious as the Crown made out, but there was a degree of pre-meditation. She said although Feausi's involvement with the church could assist with his rehabilitation, Judge Clark did not consider it appropriate to allow him to apply for home detention.
Date of Birth
1953 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Three Strikes Status
Sentenced to 20 months with automatic release after 10 months in July 2006
Sentenced to 2 years 4 months with a 14 month non-parole period in June 2009
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