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SOPI SENIO

A man who allegedly used a vehicle to hit another man is now facing additional charges of property damage as well as assault in the first degree, which is a felony punishable by 10 to 30 years imprisonment.

Sopi Senio was previously charged with public peace disturbance, a misdemeanor charge that remains intact following an incident early this month over a land dispute, where he tried to cause injury to another person.

The District Court has ordered Senio not to make any direct or indirect contact with the victim and to surrender all travel documents to the government. He is not to attempt to leave the territory while his case is pending in court.

Senio’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Mike White sought a reduction in bail but the government argued to maintain the current bail of $25,000 due to the seriousness of the crime. The court agreed with prosecution and Senio remains in custody unable to post bail.

FU YUNG LIN

The government has filed additional charges against Fu Yung Lin, who is accused of driving a car last month which resulted in a traffic accident that involved another vehicle.

Lin is now charged with felony driving while under the influence of alcohol causing injuries to himself, and felony reckless driving.

During a recent District Court hearing,  Lin denied the charges, including the public peace disturbance and his pre trial conference hearing is set for Jan. 19, 2012. He is out on bail.

RAYMOND NOA

The High Court has taken under advisement a motion for a new trial for former police lieutenant Raymond Noa, who was convicted by a jury in August this year of felony second degree assault and two misdemeanor charges of property damage and public peace disturbance.

Noa was sentenced in late October to five years imprisonment for the assault charge, one year detention for property damage and six months in jail for the public peace disturbance. The jail terms are to “run concurrent”.

Noa’s attorney recently filed a motion for a new trial and it was heard last Friday in court, where the judges took the motion under advisement and it’s unclear when the court will issue a decision.

The charges against Noa stem from the assault on Arthur Blake that occurred last October in front of the now closed Rubbles Tavern, where a car that was in the parking lot was damaged by Noa.

LAGI TUI

The young man accused by the government of using a machete to cause injuries to another person is now charged with felony second degree assault, a felony, punishable by life in prison, or 10 to 30 years in jail.

Lagi Tui remains in custody unable to post bail for the incident that occurred this past weekend where the defendant allegedly used a machete in the assault that caused injuries to the victim’s back. The victim was hospitalized and is reportedly recovering at LBJ Medical Center. It’s unclear why this incident occurred.

ARTHUR BLAKE

The High Court has set for May 14, 2012 the trial for defendant Arthur Blake, who is charged with attempted assault in the first degree for the Dec. 29, 2010 incident where he swung a machete at a victim and missed during a volleyball game.

Chief Justice Michael Kruse said the court’s decision to set trial is based on a review of the mental evaluation report on the defendant, which was carried out by a physician at the LBJ Medical Center. Kruse didn’t reveal details of the report on Blake, who remains in custody unable to post bail.

Blake’s case has stalled in the court for several months due to the lack of ASG funds to pay for a physician to carry out the mental evaluation, which was requested by the defense.

BRIAN THOMPSON

Brian Thompson will be sentenced next month at High Court after the defendant reached a plea agreement with the government, which was accepted by the court.

Thompson, who is out on bail, was initially charged with sexual abuse in the first degree, for allegedly touching a woman in a sexual manner in July last year while the alleged victim was at the defendant’s home.

He was scheduled to go on trial this week with jury selection to get underway but the court was informed during a hearing that both parties have reached a plea agreement in which the felony charge was amended to assault in the third degree, a misdemeanor.

After pleading guilty to the amended charge, the court set sentencing for Jan. 20, 2012. According to the government the defendant has apologized to the victim’s boyfriend over the incident.

Samoa News reporters Ausage Fausia and Fili Sagapolutele contributed to this report.



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