Lam’s Biggest Problem  Was  Alcohol - Court

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  • The defendant with his family outside the courtroom
    The defendant with his family outside the courtroom

Deidre Fanene

“Alcohol has taken over Junior’s life.”

This was the testimony of Mareta Lam on the second day of Kolani Junior Lam’s murder trial.

He is being accused of murdering his wife in October last year, who is the former CEO of UTOS Sa’u Justina Sa’u .

Ms. Lam told the court she only met Justina when she and Kolani got married and started living together at Sinamoga at his family.

Ms. Lam told the court that Kolani was unemployed and that he stays home and looked after their children while Justina works.

Prosecution counsel Magele Leone Mailo asked the witness if she knows Kolani and Justina.   Ms. Lam told the court she wouldn’t know because everyone just do their own things.

“The only time I see Justina is when she comes home after work and me and my husband we leave home at 5am in the morning and don’t get home until the evening.

“The same with Kolani as well, the only time I would see him is when he passes through in his car then we wave at each other and that’s about it,” she said.

But Ms. Lam recalled the day she heard Kolani screaming and that’s when she went to his home because she was concerned for the kids.

“I would easily know that something is wrong when I hear Junior’s loud voice,” she said.

“There was one point where I heard Junior yelling so I walked to the back to check up on the children and then I also saw him smashing the chairs against the wall.

“He was also drunk, because that would also be the only time Junior would raise his voice is when he is intoxicated.

“His weakness is alcohol, it has taken over his life.”

Ms. Lam said Kolani would be drinking every day.

“I would know because his son would pass by our house and when I ask him where he’s going he said he was going to buy ice and coke for his father’s alcohol,” she said.

“But this particular day, I walked to his home and I ask him what happen and he said his daughter Juvani was playing with the food and that’s why he got angry.

“I then advised him to be patient with the kids because they are just kids I offered him some words of advise and then he calmed down so I went back to my house.”

Ms. Lam said she would only hear Kolani’s loud voice when he gets angry and it’s usually because of his children when they don’t listen to him.

Ms. Lam was also questioned on the night Justina passed away.

She said it was her son Ronald who came and woke her up and told her about Justina so she then went to Kolani and Justina’s house at the back.

“When I got there Justina’s body was already inside their house, so I instructed my son to perform CPR but he told me that they had already tried,” she said.

“I asked Junior what happened and he said Justina had committed suicide and was crying at the time.

“So I instructed them that we have to take Justina to the hospital and Junior wanted to come but I told him that he had to stay with the kids and because he was very drunk so I could not allow him to come with us.”

During cross examination defense counsel Leiataualesa Komisi Koria ask Ms. Lam if she had heard Justina and Kolani argue all the time.

In response Ms. Lam said she would not know because she’s never at home during the day.

“I haven’t heard them arguing but the only time I hear Kolani’s loud voice is with his kids,” she said.

“He would get angry when his children are difficult but I have never heard him and Justina argue.”