Court Report


One of the two men who broke into a Pavaia’i store in June 2012 and removed $475 cash has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Samuelu Sae was charged with first degree burglary and stealing, however he pled guilty to the amended charge of attempted stealing, a lesser charge.  Upon his plea of guilt, the government moved to dismiss the burglary count. Associate Justice Lyle L Richmond accepted the plea agreement in this matter.
The defendant admitted that during  the evening hours of June 3, 2012 he along with his co-defendant John Ioane broke into the Samumalu Sales Store by breaking the front door. The defendant, Sae took $475 in cash.
During the plea, Richmond noted the defendant must agree to pay restitution to the victim for the cash taken and testify in trial against a third co-defendant Gabriel Tinai, who was the watchman in this case.
According to the plea agreement, Sae said he understands and accepts that in the event the court imposes a different sentence than that recommended by counsel, he will not be allowed to withdraw his plea of guilty.
A 38-year-old man is being held on a $50,000 bail on allegations that he raped his 17-year-old niece last year and the incident is alleged to have occurred in Pago Pago. Samoa News is withholding the name of the defendant to protect the identity of the victim in this matter. The defendant’s sister is the mother of the victim.
The uncle is charged with felony counts of Rape, Sexual Abuse, Deviate Sexual Assault and Incest.
The government claims, on July 16, 2013 a woman reported to police that she caught her brother naked in the bedroom with her daughter.
Court filings say, the girl told police the first incident occurred on July 11, 2013, and the second incident occurred on July 16, 2013, when the sexual intercourse occurred. The victim told police she was a virgin when the incident occurred. The victim also told a social worker that she was raped by her uncle.
During the interrogation with the defendant, court filings say, he admitted that he had had feelings for his niece for a very long time and that he is aroused every time he sees his niece.
Pati Solomona charged with first degree assault on allegations he stabbed another man with a broken glass during a drinking session has signed a plea agreement with the government. Solomona, who’s held on $20,000 bail, will be in court to have the plea deal on record. According to the government’s case, the defendant was at a party, when a verbal argument started.
It's alleged Solomona stabbed the victim in the neck with a broken beer glass. Court filings say when police officers questioned the defendant, he admitted he punched the victim, but denied stabbing him with an object, however witnesses at the scene told police otherwise.
It’s unclear at this time what charge he has pled guilty to, but his change of plea hearing is set for today before Chief Justice Michael Kruse.


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