13 October 2017

Domestic Violence Cases Dominate Oecusse District Court in July 2017

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22 TALES OF WOE IN EAST TIMOR AS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DOMINATES COURTS Extract from JSMP Report on Oecusse District Court July 2017

1. The prosecutor stated that the defendant was guilty of committing the crime against his wife and the defendant had a strong intention of hitting the victim, even though the defendant knew that the victim was powerless to resist the defendant.

2. The public prosecutor alleged that on 13 March 2017 at 8am the defendant grabbed the victim by the hair and punched her 6 times in the head. The victim ran to her neighbour's home, the defendant ran after the victim and grabbed her and dragged her inside and then punched the victim once on the back.

3. The public prosecutor alleged that on 10 December 2016 at approximately 1pm the defendant took a small bag and struck the victim once in the head and choked the victim and this caused the victim to suffer pain to her head and throat.

4.  The public prosecutor alleged that on 12 December 2016, at approximately 7pm, the defendant threatened the victim AdJT by saying that “just wait, I will beat you to death”. The defendant followed the victims to their house, and the victim AdJT ran away and tossed aside her two younger siblings. The defendant took a branch and beat the victim NEF and the victim NMdF on the back and caused the victims to suffer pain and feel afraid. This incident occurred because the victim AdJT hit the defendant's grandchild on the back when the 3 victims passed by in front of the defendant's house and the defendant's grandchild threw a mango at the victim AdJT's shoulder.

5. The public prosecutor alleged that on 29 September 2016, at 4pm, the defendant grabbed a broom and struck the victim above her right eye and struck the victim once on her right elbow which caused the victim to suffer pain to her eye, swelling and redness to her elbow.


6. The public prosecutor alleged that on 8 September 2016, at 10am, the defendant kicked the victim twice on her back, punched the victim twice on her left arm, kicked the victim once on her side and struck the victim once on the fingers with a branch.

7. The public prosecutor alleged that on 6 January 2017, at approximately 11:00am, the defendant took the flat part of a machete and struck the victim once in the forehead which caused the victim to suffer an injury and swelling to his forehead.

8. The public prosecutor alleged that on 24 March 2017, at 12:00 midday, the defendant slapped the victim once on her right cheek, pushed the victim to the ground and the victim suffered pain to her cheek.

9. The public prosecutor alleged that on 20 March 2017, at 5pm, the defendant poked his wife in her left eye with the fingers on his left hand, slapped his wife on the left cheek and once on her right cheek. The defendant grabbed his wife's left arm and twisted it. The defendant also punched his mother in law (JO) on the forehead when she went to separate the defendant from his wife. These actions caused the two victims to suffer pain to the eye, cheek and forehead.

10. The public prosecutor alleged that on 18 March 2017 at 4pm the defendant punched the victim once on his right cheek, bit the victim's left elbow, bit the victim on his right shoulder and bit the victim on the back and threw a stone at the victim's thigh.

11. The public prosecutor alleged that on 05 May 2017, at 8:15pm, the defendant punched the victim 5 times on the back and slapped the victim once on the face and choked the victim. This case occurred when the victim went to pick up his wife at her mother's house, and the defendant was drunk and without a clear reason committed these acts against the victim.

12. The public prosecutor alleged that on 10 January 2017, at 9pm, the defendant MBA kicked his wife once on the back of her neck, choked her and kicked the victim once in the stomach. In addition the defendant HL slapped the victim once on her left cheek. These actions caused the victim to suffer pain to the back of her neck and redness to her throat.

13. The public prosecutor alleged that on 15 April 2016, at approximately 7am, the defendant stomped on the victim's stomach and armpit. The defendant kicked the victim in the ear and slapped the victim twice on the left ear and caused the victim to suffer pain to her stomach, armpit and ear.

14. The public prosecutor alleged that on 19 May 2016, at approximately 5pm, the defendant slapped the victim twice on her left ear. This assault caused the victim to suffer pain and lose consciousness.

15. The public prosecutor alleged that on 17 August 2016, at approximately 6am, the defendant took a branch and struck the victim once on the back and once on the victim's left shoulder which caused the victim to suffer pain to her shoulder.

16. The public prosecutor alleged that on 31 April 2017, at approximately 8am, the defendant kicked the victim once on the left fingers and the victim's suffered a dislocated finger. This case occurred because the victim and the defendant had an argument about the victim and her husband owing one bag of rice valued at US$ 15.00 at the defendant's kiosk but the rice had not been paid for.

17. The public prosecutor alleged that on 26 March 2017, at approximately 11:00 am, the two defendants punched and kicked the victim on the body and caused the victim to suffer pain. The incident occurred because the victim did not want to participate in a cultural ceremony at the defendant's house.

18. The public prosecutor alleged that on 28 November 2016, at approximately 10pm, the defendant punched the victim once above her left eye, punched the victim twice in the head and punched the victim once in the forehead.

19. On 31 July 2017 the Oecusse District Court announced its decision in a case of simple offences against physical integrity characterised as domestic violence involving the defendant EdCQ who allegedly committed the offence against his daughter ECEC in Oecusse District. The public prosecutor alleged that on 1 April 2017, at approximately 9pm, the defendant slapped the victim twice on the back of the neck, punched the victim once in the mouth and twice on her left cheek.

20. The public prosecutor alleged that on 18 November 2016, at approximately 5pm, the defendant choked the victim, threw the victim on the ground and stood on the victim's side and throat.

21. The public prosecutor alleged that on 1 July 2016, at 8:00am, the defendant took a small chair and struck the victim on the forehead and once in the nose and caused the victim to suffer swelling and a bloody nose.

22. The public prosecutor alleged that on 6 April 2017 at 4pm the defendant slapped the victim once on the mouth, punched the victim once about the eye, and slapped the victim twice on her right cheek. The defendant also choked the victim and threw the victim on the ground. These acts caused the victim to suffer pain to her mouth, cheek and neck.
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