A senior officer of the Department of Correctional Services has received a suspended sentence, following his conviction on charges of Domestic Violence, Drunk and in Possession of a Firearm.

Jask Carlo was sentenced to 5 months and 3 weeks imprisonment but this sentence was suspended for 2 years. He was also ordered to pay a fine of VT20,000 in 30 days.

It was heard in court that Carlo was repeatedly violent and aggressive towards his wife and on one occasion, he assaulted her by punching directly on her face.

When his wife wanted to leave the yard at that particular time, the defendant had a rifle with him and went after her.

The maximum penalty for the offence of Domestic Violence is a VT100,000 fine or 5 years imprisonment or both, and for Drunk and Possession of a Firearm VT100,000 fine or 2 years imprisonment or both.

In considering the aggravating and the mitigating factors, Senior Magistrate, Moses Peter set a starting point of 12 months to be concurrent for both charges.

Carlo pleaded guilty at the first given opportunity, therefore he was entitled to one-third reduction of his starting sentence.

“The sentencing principles achievable in this case are to hold you accountable for your conduct, to denounce criminal conduct and to send the message to the public that these types of offending are unacceptable and that the community and homes must always be the safest places for everyone to live in,” the senior Magistrate stated.

He is 52 years of age, married with six children who all live with him at his residential home at Fresh Water 4 Area in Port Vila.

Mr. Carlo is employed at the Correctional Department as the Corporate Manager.