Crime

"True Democracy" In Lands and Titles President Return

Suspended President of the Lands and Titles Court, Fepulea’i Atila Ropati is back in office after Government failed in a motion in Parliament for his removal.

Government needed to win two thirds majority or 34 votes in the 50 Member House for the motion to carry for Fepulea’i to be removed.

A roll call vote ended with a 21 – 18 majority win for the motion but well short of the two thirds needed.

Zipso Accused Of Lacking Respect By Assault Victim

The victim in the criminal case against Sipili Nanai, better known as the recording artist Zipso, has accused the singer of lacking respect, when he refused to turn his loud music down.

Ulupoao Apelu Tiani, made the allegations in court when he testified against Nanai, who is facing charges relating to an assault last year on the witness on 3 August 2018 at Solosolo village.

Ulupoao is a 59-year-old Solosolo ‘matai’ who is neighbours with the defendant.

Answer To Prison Woes Finally Opens At Tanumalala 

After $18.2m tala later, the Tanumalala Prison finally opened this morning. Government funded 90 per cent of the costs, in the firm belief that the new facility will make the woes of the old and porous Tafaigata Prison go away.
Prisoner escapes have turn the old prison facility into a swiveling door for any of the inmates to leave virtually at will. 
Two are still at large with a special police squad assigned to hunt them down, fearful of any incidents while Samoa is entertaining regional guests at the Pacific Games.

Prison ruling for face stabbing man draws more attention to domestic violence

Domestic violence continues to plague families and villages as reported by the Ombudsman’s office and Supreme Court Justice Leiataualesa Daryl M. Clarke highlighted this fact when he sentenced 38-year-old Afa Tila yesterday.

Tila is the man from Satuimalufilufi who stabbed his 17-year-old wife in the face with a sharp wooden stick used by Samoans to stir koko Samoa beans while they are being roasted over an open fire.

Face stabbing man jailed for 11 months

Afa Tila, 38, has been sentenced to serve 11 months in prison by Supreme Court Justice Leiataualesa Daryl M. Clarke.

In earlier proceedings, he pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to his 17-year-old wife when they were roasting koko Samoa beans in Satuimalufilufi.

He stabbed her under the right eye with a  sharp-end stick used to stir the koko Samoa beans during the roasting process.

Young Sex Offender Saved By Promise Of Bright Future


A 19-year-old male sex offender was discharged without conviction in the Supreme Court this week.

Aukusitino Lomitusi, of Saleufi and Sataua was spared punishment on charges of sexual connection with an underage girl who is six months pregnant with his child.

Lomitusi appeared in a clean and neatly pressed white collar shirt, necktie and ie faitaga for sentencing yesterday, before Supreme Court Justice Leiataualesa Daryl M. Clarke.

Police Wary Of Missing Gun Raid Suspects

Three people are already charged with the recent police raid of illegal guns at Faleula and Leauva’a, but there could be more as police continue with their investigations.

Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil, is concerned with the missing suspects and the threat they may pose to investigating police officers.

His main worry is the safety of the officers working on the field and responding to calls and tips from the public.

Rapist Allowed To Apologise To Victim In Court

“I beg you to please forgive me for the wrong that I’ve done. Not only that but I know that only God can forgive me and everybody for their sins. My sister, please forgive me. Please forgive what I did to you and please – forgive me.”

So apologises Terry Faati in court to the Australian woman he raped as she sat in the courtroom on Friday.

Face Stabbing Man Streaming Tears For Court Leniency

A man who plunged the sharp end of a stick used to roast koko Samoa beans into his teenage lover's face just missing her eye by a few centimeters, sobbed uncontrollably as he begged the Supreme Court for leniency.

The defendant Afa Tila, 38, said he felt remorse for his actions and begged the court for forgiveness. He promised that he would never appear before the court again.

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