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.