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POLICE PROBE STORE BREAK-IN

Police are investigating two burglaries at the same store in Satala over the weekend. Two juveniles are in custody after they admitted to breaking into the Satala store twice. The pair were arrested Friday night and appeared before the District Court yesterday morning.

The high school students, both 15 years old, were caught in the store Friday night.

According to police reports, they received a call that there were suspicious acts at the store, and when police arrived, the juveniles were hiding inside.

When the police searched the store, a box was found near the place where the juveniles were hiding which contained a carton of cigarettes, food items and sports shoes.

During interrogation, police questioned the pair about a burglary the night before at the same store and the juveniles admitted they were the ones who broke into the store the night before.

The juveniles told police there is a third suspect in this matter, and handed over to police jewelry that they allegedly stole from the first burglary. They are now facing charges of burglary and stealing. 

The pair were remanded back into the custody of police and are scheduled to appear in the District Court Wednesday.

AOKUSITINO FA’AMANU

The case of a boxer from Samoa accused of raping a 16-year old girl is now set for trial on July 9, 2012.

Presiding over the matter was Chief Justice Michael Kruse.

Aokusitino Fa’amanu is charged with statutory rape, deviated sexual assault, first degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

The 20-year old who appeared before the High Court yesterday, remains in the custody of police, unable to post the $100,000 bond.

Fa’amanu is accused of having sexual intercourse with the 16-year old victim in November 2011.

The defendant came to the territory in October 2011 as a member of the boxing team from Samoa here for the Moso’oi Amateur Boxing tournament.

Fa’amanu is represented by Public Defender Ruth Risch-Fuatagavi while prosecuting is Assistant Attorney General MItzie Jessop-Folau.

KOSEMA LEAFI

The Attorney General’s office has made a plea offer for alleged drug defendant Kosema Leafi, who’s charged in connection with unlawful possession of marijuana.

This was revealed when Leafi appeared in the High Court yesterday for his pre-trial conference.

The charge against Leafi stems from an incident last year when police found a single marijuana joint on the defendant, who was in the town area at the time.

He is currently held on a $5,000 bail and if he is able to post bond, the court has ordered him to stay away from any drugs or alcohol, and be a law abiding citizen.

The defendant is scheduled to appear in the High Court next week Friday, January 13, 2012. The prosecutor did not go into detail on the plea agreement that was offered to the defendant.



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