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Court hears yet more public peace disturbance charges

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Two females were arrested by police last week and charged with disturbing the public peace in their neighborhood.Leinara Fruean, a 23-year-old from Mapusaga and Taeaolelei Talatau, a 25-year-old from Pava’ia’i made their initial appearances in District Court last week, where Judge Pro Temp, Gwen Tauiliili-Langkilde ordered them to be released on their own recognizance (OR) under certain conditions. In addition, a man who is accused of stabbing another man with a sharp object during a fight was arrested by police last week and charged with disturbing the public peace. The government is looking at filing additional charges against the defendant when police complete their investigation. Alofagia Seupule made his initial appearance before District Court Judge Pro Temp, Gwen Tauiliili-Langkilde last week, and his case is now continued until next week.

Samoa's Faamausili Moli Malietoa discharged without conviction

 Faamauslil Moli Malietoa leaving courthouse surrounded by family members

Samoa's future holder of the Malietoa paramount title, Faamausili Moli Malietoa, has been discharged without conviction after facing threatening behavior charges.The accused was found guilty after a trial of three charges including one count of insulting words, armed with a dangerous weapon and throwing an object. The charges related to a dispute during a family meeting last year.

OSHA issues four violations and fines against Cape Ferrat in death of its captain

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The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued four violations, three of which are considered “serious” — and fines totaling more than $19,000 — following the death of a man who fell overboard a fishing vessel that was docked at the cannery side of Pago Pago Harbor, according to OHSA public records reviewed by Samoa News. Samoa News had reported last November that the death of the 62-year old captain of the US flagged purse seiner, Cape Ferrat, who died Oct. 28, while the vessel was in Pago Pago. Local police investigated the incident and recommended closing the case, after they determined no foul play was involved, and the incident was an unfortunate accident.

Bus driver gets 7 years for rape, his second sex offense in 3 years

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Michael Sene convicted of raping a young girl inside his shack has been jailed for 7 years. He apologized to the court for his action, and begged for a second chance to go back home and care for his mother, who is staying at home alone. Before the court delivered its sentence, a Probation Revocation Hearing was held before Justice Patea, along with Associate Judges, Mamea Sala Jr and Tunupopo Alalaga, due to the fact that Sene had violated conditions of his probation from his first criminal conviction back in 2014, which was also a sex offense. “Having considered all the facts, we feel that you’re going to serve your two sentences concurrently, meaning, you’re now going to jail for 7 years, not 12 years. You will also appear before the Parole Board in the future for your hearing.” The defendant was also ordered to register as a sex offender, and undergo a mandatory HIV testing as require by law.

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