The Reading / Listening - Jail Sentence - Level 4

An error in the Samoa prisons system saw a man spend five years longer in prison than he was sentenced to. Sio Agafili should have been released from prison in 2015. In November 2008, he was sentenced to seven years for burglary. A month later he got a five-year sentence for other crimes. In Samoa, a convict with two sentences must serve them together and not consecutively. A judge spotted the error when Mr Agafili was in court on another charge.



Mr Agafili described his pain at spending too long in jail. He said: "It's broken me into a million pieces....I lost count of the days....I just know I had to serve my time behind bars." His lawyer spoke about the injustice her client suffered due to his loss of liberty. She said: "He's been imprisoned unlawfully. I've heard of other cases of a similar nature. This is not the first of this type." She said she would try to get compensation for her client.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Jail Sentence - Level 5 or  Jail Sentence - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/420724/samoa-man-jailed-for-5-years-too-long
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/08/no-one-told-me-samoan-man-serves-five-more-years-in-prison-than-he-had-to
  • https://www.samoaobserver.ws/category/samoa/66126


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. An error in the Samoa
  2. Agafili should have been released
  3. sentenced to seven years
  4. a five-year sentence
  5. a convict with two
  6. serve them together and
  7. A judge spotted
  8. in court on another
  1. not consecutively
  2. for burglary
  3. charge
  4. prisons system
  5. from prison
  6. the error
  7. sentences
  8. for other crimes

Paragraph 2

  1. Agafili described his
  2. spending too
  3. It's broken me into a
  4. I lost count
  5. I had to serve my time
  6. her client suffered due to his
  7. He's been imprisoned
  8. get compensation
  1. of the days
  2. unlawfully
  3. loss of liberty
  4. for her client
  5. million pieces
  6. pain
  7. behind bars
  8. long in jail

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

An error in the Samoa (1) ___________________ a man spend five years longer in prison than he (2) ___________________. Sio Agafili should have been released from prison in 2015. In November 2008, he was (3) ___________________ years for burglary. A month later he got a five-year sentence for other crimes. In Samoa, (4) ___________________ two sentences must serve them together (5) ___________________. A judge spotted the error when Mr Agafili was in court (6) ___________________.

Mr Agafili described his (7) ___________________ too long in jail. He said: "It's broken me into (8) ___________________....I lost count of the days....I just know I had to serve my (9) ___________________." His lawyer spoke about the injustice her (10) ___________________ to his loss of liberty. She said: "He's been imprisoned unlawfully. I've heard of other cases of (11) ___________________. This is not the first of this type." She said she would try to (12) ___________________ her client.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AnerrorintheSamoaprisonssystemsawamanspendfiveyearslongerin
prisonthanhewassentencedto.SioAgafilishouldhavebeenreleasedfro
mprisonin2015.InNovember2008,hewassentencedtosevenyearsfor
burglary.Amonthlaterhegotafive-yearsentenceforothercrimes.InSa
moa,aconvictwithtwosentencesmustservethemtogetherandnotcon
secutively.AjudgespottedtheerrorwhenMrAgafiliwasincourtonanoth
ercharge.MrAgafilidescribedhispainatspendingtoolonginjail.Hesaid:
"It'sbrokenmeintoamillionpieces....Ilostcountofthedays....Ijustkno
wIhadtoservemytimebehindbars."Hislawyerspokeabouttheinjustic
eherclientsufferedduetohislossofliberty.Shesaid:"He'sbeenimpriso
nedunlawfully.I'veheardofothercasesofasimilarnature.Thisisnotthef
irstofthistype."Shesaidshewouldtrytogetcompensationforherclient.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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