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DEAN NIU

The government is looking at filing felony charges against a 20-year old man facing third degree assault and public peace disturbance in connection with an alleged burglary case.

Dean Niu of Mapusaga Fou appeared in court on Monday, he was arrested last weekend.

According to police affidavit, police officers received a call from a man requesting assistance, claiming he was assaulted and three men took off with a case of beer from his store.

Police say that when they arrived at the scene and met up with the victim, they observed blood on his shirt and a cut on his bottom lip; Emergency Medical Services was then contacted.

According to the police affidavit, Niu was trying to buy beer, however, the victim refused given that it’s illegal to sell alcohol after 10 p.m.

The government alleges that despite the storekeeper/ victim refusing the defendant, he insisted the victim sell him and his companion beer. The victim then chased the defendant and another man to leave the store.

According to the government a few minutes later the victim noticed the defendant appearing on video surveillance camera, passing a case of beer to another male.

Police affidavit says, the victim ran after the defendant to find out that the back room of the store has been broken into, and the defendant then punched him in the face and took off on foot.

Police apprehended the defendant, but while the police officer was attempting to hand cuff the defendant he allegedly punched the officer in the face, and continued to resist arrest, according to the affidavit.

Niu will appear in District Court today for additional charges.

The defendant is represented by Assistant Public Defender Karen Shelley, while prosecuting is Assistant Attorney General Blake Hanley.

CHURCH MINISTER’S CASE CONTINUED FOR REVIEW OF PLEA OFFER

A plea offer for CCCAS Faleniu Reverend, Ali’ioaiga Filioali’i, facing  vehicular homicide in connection with a car accident, which led to the death of a 12-year old girl on September 19, 2010, has been made by the government.

The defendant appeared before Chief Justice Michael Kruse on Monday for his pre-trial conference. The reverend is represented by Fiti Sunia, who asked the court for another brief continuance as he has yet to discuss the plea offer from the government with his client.

Vehicular homicide is a felony, which is punishable with up to five years in jail and or a fine of up to $5,000 or both.

Chief Justice Michael Kruse granted the request and scheduled another pre-trial conference for June 18, 2012.

According to the government’s case the defendant was the driver of an F-150 pick-up truck that struck the victim who was on the sidewalk with her friend walking along the Faleniu public highway on September 19, 2010.

According to court filings, the truck was traveling at a high rate of speed.

According to the government’s case the victim was rushed to LBJ following the accident and she slipped into a coma and died 11 days later.

 Prosecuting this matter is Assistant Attorney General Cable Poag.



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