Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Israel Adesanya is unhappy with the sentence of Ofa Folau, one of the men involved in the death of Adesanya’s teammate Fauk Vake.
Folau, one of four men involved in Vake’s fatal attack, pleaded guilty to assaulting Vake and his brother, Ika Vake. He will serve six months of house arrest. Adesanya City Kickboxing Camp protested the conviction in a video captured by the New Zealand Herald. Among those in attendance were Adesanya, Dan Hooker, Brad Riddell and coach Eugene Bareman.
“It’s like everyday or several times a week, I’ll just have a moment like ‘Fk he’s gone, physically’,” Adesanya said (h / t Sportskeeda). “For me, I don’t have children, but the idea that her daughter still wonders when her father comes home is the one that thrills me the most. It’s just sad. I remember at the hospital she would ask him to wake up. It was really hard.
“He only has six months of home [detention] where he can be in the comfort of his own home and cannot work and relax, ”Adesanya continued. “For me, I don’t know if he can sleep at night. To me, I just don’t understand what kind of person looks at a law like that and says, “Hmm, this is bad law. Why would we have put this in place? ” I do not understand. I do not understand.
Riddell also spoke to the publication.
“The violence in New Zealand is getting pretty serious,” he said. “It’s heartbreaking. ”
Vake died in May, days after being brutally attacked in downtown Auckland. Siofilisi Paongo and Semise Pomale were charged with common assault. The last individual, whose name has been suppressed by the courts, has been charged with manslaughter. The three men have all pleaded not guilty.
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