Sentencing Delayed For Vaccination Nurses

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Tina Mata'afa-Tufele is a Pasifika journalist that has been writing and covering news related to the Samoan experience for over a decade. She's written for Samoa News in American Samoa, Tuatalatala.com (covering news from Hawaii, the U.S.

  • COURT NOT READY FOR SENTENCING  Defendants arrive at the court room for sentencing on Monday before it was adjourned for later this week
    COURT NOT READY FOR SENTENCING Defendants arrive at the court room for sentencing on Monday before it was adjourned for later this week

Acting Chief Justice Vui Clarence Nelson has delayed passing sentence on the two nurses pleaded guilty to negligence causing manslaughter in connection to the deaths of two Savai'i babies last year at a Savai'i hospital.

Nurses Luse Emo Tauvale and Leutogi Teo appeared before Acting Chief Justice Vui Clarence Nelson this afternoon, Monday 17 June 2019.

The women were scheduled to be sentenced today, however, state prosecutor Fuifui Ioane requested more time from the court.

Prosecution is currently researching overseas  cases of a similar nature in order to provide submissions for sentencing, Ioane said.

This is the first case if its kind that has come before the court, Acting Chief Justice Vui noted.

Tauvale and Teo pleaded guilty to negligence causing manslaughter and other charges. They were charged after two one-year-old babies died shortly after receiving immunization shots for Mumps Measles Rubella (MMR) prepared and administered by Tauvale and Teo.

The contents of the lethal shots were mixed erroneously by one nurse and given to the babies by the other.

The incident occurred at Tuasivi hospital on Savai'i.

Defense attorney Faualo Tauiliili Lefau Harry Schuster did not object to the request from prosecution.

Acting Chief Justice Vui granted the request for adjournment from prosecution and rescheduled sentencing for Friday, 12:30 p.m., 21 June, 2019.

 

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