Court Report



A 20- year old female is facing charges of second degree assault, public peace disturbance and underage possession of an alcoholic beverage, following an incident where the defendant struck another female with a half full beer bottle.

Natasha P. Uia of Pava’ia’i is being held on bail of $10,000.

The felony assault is a class D felony punishable up to five years in jail a fine of up to $5,000 or both, PPD and underage possession of alcohol are both class B misdemeanors which carry jail terms of up to one year, a fine of up to $1,000 or both.

According to the government’s case, on July 21, 2012 police received a call from a nurse at the LBJ hospital emergency room about the victim who was being treated for injuries to her head.

When police arrived at the Emergency Room, they observed that the victim sustained a large laceration on the right side of her forehead, small cuts on her facial area and a bump on her forehead. The court document has it that the large laceration required three stitches.

The victim told police the defendant approached her about rumors, which the victim denied. The victim said the defendant then struck her head with a beer bottle that was half full and this caused her to stumble and the defendant continued to punch her on the head.

Court filings state that witnesses told police the defendant approached the victim and struck the victim on the head. During the investigation, the defendant admitted to police that she struck the victim on the head with a half-full beer bottle.

The defendant made her appearance in the District Court yesterday. She’s represented by Assistant Public Defender Donna Clement, while prosecuting this matter is Assistant Attorney General Blake Hanley.


A female post office employee, Lamala Lorraine Tufele, accused of using her position with the United States Post Office (USPS) to gain access to a package with ATM cards she allegedly used without authorization, is now scheduled to have a jury trial.

Tufele is charged with two counts of stealing and is held on $10,000 bail. Each stealing count, a class C felony, carries a jail term of up to seven years imprisonment, a fine of up to $5,000, a fine equal to twice the amount gained from commission of said crime up to the maximum of $20,00, or both fine and imprisonment.

Tufele appeared in the High Court yesterday morning before Chief Justice Michael Kruse for her pre-trial conference and asked the court for a jury trial date. The defendant’s jury trial is now set for October 22, 2012.

According to the government’s case the defendant is a federal employee with the USPS as a mail distribution clerk, mail sorter and customer service clerk.

It’s alleged that last year November, Tufele gained access to mail which contained two Bank of Hawai’i credit cards and personal information of the two complaining witnesses.

Court documents state Tufele’s photo was captured at both ATMs where she allegedly withdrew the money.


The oldest man to be charged in a sexual case in the territory was in the High Court yesterday for his pre-trial conference. The matter was heard before Chief Justice Michael Kruse.  The 93-year old great-grandfather is facing sexually related charges in allegations involving his four year old great-granddaughter.  

Samoa News is withholding the name of the defendant to protect the identity of the victim in this matter.

Deputy Attorney General Mitzie Jessop told the court that given the sensitive issues surrounding this case, negotiations are continuing between the defense and the government.

Jessop asked the court for a two week continuance, which was granted by the Chief Justice. A new pre-trial date is now set on August 10, 2012.

The great-grandfather, who’s out on a surety bond of $15,000, is facing felony charges of child molestation, sodomy, deviate sexual assault, sexual abuse first degree and endangering the welfare of a child.

Court filings state that on February 28, 2012 police received a call from LBJ hospital pertaining to a suspected sexual assault on a four-year old who was bleeding from her private parts.

According to court documents, the victim was seen by various doctors, and Dr. Aguilera, is quoted in the court affidavit as saying he was told that the victim was playing and that she had fallen on a tombstone.

However, Dr. Aguilera states that most likely this was not produced by a fall, but was more compatible with sexual assault; and that “the perpetrator used something small like a finger or a stick.”

The four year old victim told police that her great-grandfather hurt her when he allegedly touched her, while the defendant denied touching his great-granddaughter inappropriately when detectives questioned him, according to the documents.

The defendant is represented by Sharron Rancourt.


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