Court Ruling Unlikely Before Xmas In CEO Murder Hearing

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  • COURT CROWD : File photo outside the court room during hearing break
    COURT CROWD : File photo outside the court room during hearing break

Deidre Fanene

Justice Mata Tuatagaloa, has advised legal counsels in the Supreme Court hearing of the alleged murder of CEO Sa’u Justina Sa’u by her husband Kolani Jr. Lam, not to expect a ruling before Christmas.

Justice Tuatagaloa, who presided over the hearing, was supposed to hear final submissions by counsels on both sides yesterday, but there were delays.

A new date is set for the 27th of November 2019 for the court to hear submissions.

Justice Tuatagaloa advised both counsels that the longer the court has to wait for the final submissions the longer the court will take to hand down its decision.

Depending on ‘how late this is going to process, don’t expect a decision from me before Christmas because that’s unfair for the court,” said Justice Tuatagaloa.

“You both understand the weight of the evidence on this case and that’s the evidence the court will have to consider.

“So as long as you both understand that you do not expect the court to deliver a decision three weeks before Christmas given the weight of this case.”

The high profile murder hearing went through two and a half weeks of daily hearing last month with all but the final submissions by legal counsels adjourned for this week.

Kolani Jr. Lam was arrested and charged with the murder of his wife, who was the Chief Executive Officer of the Unit Trust Of Samoa, Sa’u Justina Sa’u in November last year.

Included are alternative charges of manslaughter, common assault in respect of his step daughter, possession of narcotics and conspiracy to defeat the cause of justice.

He has since been placed in police protective custody.