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Man in Samoa gets five years for death of nieces’ husband

A widower and father who was found guilty of manslaughter by a panel of assessors early last month, has been sentenced to five years and three months in Tafaigata Prison.

The matter was presided over by Chief Justice, Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu in the Supreme Court yesterday morning.

Fifty four year old Lagalaga Tai Lesa, who was represented by lawyer Toleafoa Solomona Toailoa, was initially charged with the murder of his niece’s husband Maloafua

Tuilaepa in January this year; a day after a dispute between them at Satapuala.

Lagalaga’s son Iopu was jointly charged with murder in relation to the incident but was later found not guilty of murder after the five-day assessor’s trial

Chief Justice Patu said the accused was watching television in his house when his niece, Sina “came to him to chase away her husband.”

“According to Sina’s evidence, the deceased came at her with a bush knife,” he said.



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