Court Report



The government’s case against former ASCC instructor James Barlow, who is facing several charges, including Driving Under the Influence (DUI), careless driving, driving without a driver’s license, endangering the welfare of a child, and aiding minors to break the law, has been rescheduled for two weeks.

The request came from the defendant’s lawyer Mark Ude. District Court Judge John Ward granted the motion and rescheduled the matter for two weeks.

According to the government’s case the defendant had a party at his residence with the three juveniles before heading onto the road. It’s alleged the defendant’s vehicle was pulled over by police early in November last year in Fogagogo, while the three students were present and were allegedly intoxicated.

Barlow has denied the allegations against him and his next court hearing is set for January 24. It’s not clear whether the defendant will have come to a plea agreement with the government by then, or the matter is going to trial. (The college terminated Barlow’s employment not long after he was facing criminal charges.)


Tau Malae is denying allegations that he performed sexual acts upon his wife’s two nieces last year. He pled not guilty to two charges of first degree sexual abuse, two counts of deviate sexual assault and one count each of rape and sodomy, when he was arraigned before the high court.

Malae, who’s being held in custody on bail of $50,000, is scheduled to appear before the court February 9, 2012 for his pretrial conference. He’s represented by the Public Defender’s office while prosecuting is Deputy Attorney General Mitzie Jessop-Folau.

According to the court affidavit, a relative of the two victims reported the matter to police; and both victims were 16 years of age. Court documents say the incident started occurring in the middle of 2011, and it’s alleged the defendant touched both victims in a sexual manner. The government claims the defendant raped one of victims. The affidavit also states the defendant’s wife admitted to police she was aware of the sexual incidents. (See full details of charges in the case, in Samoa News, January 9, 2012.)


 District Court Judge John Ward has placed an 11-year old student on probation for his involvement in a burglary at Tafuna High School last year.

 The seventh grader was caught by police in the middle of a burglary while he was with a 13-year old. Police were called to the scene and the pair was apprehended.

 The juvenile has also been placed on a curfew, wherein he’s ordered to be home from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., unless he’s with a parent.


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