Court Ruling Unlikely Before Xmas In CEO Murder Hearing

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.

Dropped Hat Clued Police In To Attackers

A dropped hat was all the police were able to work from to successfully track the attackers who killed a Chinese national last Saturday night at Vaitele.

A proud Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil was quick to lavish praise on the police investigating team for their success, acting on very little evidence.

He also commended the response from the Faleata police station for arriving quickly at the Vaitele compound of the Pacific Trade Industrial Company, to secure the scene of the crime.

Investigating Officer’s ‘Vigeka’ Tree Branch Evidence Challenged

Deidre Fanene


The actual height of the ‘Vigeka’ tree branch where the body of CEO Sa’u Justina Sa’u, was found hanging, was strongly disputed by the defence in the findings by the police investigations.

Police senior sergeant Sonny Afu, gave evidence on the second week of hearing, where his observations of the size of the star fruit tree referred to as the ‘vigeka’ was hotly disputed by the defence counsel.

Pathologist Report Doubts Suicide As Cause Of CEO Death

Deidre Fanene

Australian pathologist Dr. Paul Botterill revealed in court today, CEO Sa’u Justina Sa’u, died from ‘a neck compression most likely from strangulation, with the use of fingers or a rope or even both.’

Dr. Botterill also pointed to additional injuries found under the skin surface of the neck with increased damaged of the voice box.

Court Hearing Starts For Kolani Jr. Lam

The long awaited court hearing started today, Monday 1 October 2019, for Kolani Jr. Lam, who is charged with the murder of his wife, the late Sa’u Justina Sa’u, CEO of the Unit Trust of Samoa UTOS.

The 38-year-old Lam was arrested last November 2018 and charged with the murder of Sa’u who was allegedly strangled.

Justice Mata Tuatagaloa is presiding in the Supreme Court hearing.

God Decides Life and Death - PM

Faith in the overriding will of God has left the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, unconcerned by any plot to have him killed.

His reaction on national radio yesterday, was the first time he has responded publicly to an alleged murder conspiracy on his life.

 “ God has already worked out the time a person dies and how,” he recalled his response to a similar threat made on his life more than a decade ago.

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