A bus driver escaped serious punishment in the Samoa District Court last week after facing charges of negligent driving causing death.
Lolesio Fiamatai, 37, was convicted and discharged.
His sole passenger died leaping off the bus that Fiamatai was trying to keep under control after the brakes failed. He steered the careering bus through traffic and then into thick bush.
“What had happened does not involve negligent driving because you told the passenger to get off the bus, you were also busy saving lives,” Her Honour, Judge Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren told Mr. Fiamatai.