Male Prisoner at Tanumalala Pleads Guilty to Acts of Sodomy

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A male prisoner pleaded guilty to two charges of sodomy against a young man who was held in custody at the time of the offending.

According to police, Mathew Solomona sexually violated another male inmate, who was a custodian at Tanumalala Prison in July this year.

Unrepresented during Supreme Court mentions on Monday morning, Solomona also pleaded guilty to assaulting the same custodian on 5 August 2021, however, he denied the charge of uttering insulting words.

The defendant confirmed to the Court he did not want a lawyer to represent him.

When asked by the Court Registrar to confirm his guilty plea to the two charges of sodomy, he replied, “yes”.

Justice Fepuleai Ameperosa Roma set a November date for sentencing before Justice Tologata Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren.

The defendant is currently serving time for previous convictions of robbery and burglary. He was returned to Tanumalala prison to await sentencing.


Marieta H Ilalio