Man in Samoa jailed for attempted sex w/ minor

GUILTY: Lawyer Leota Ray Schuster (back facing) with Pai Faiva and a member of his family after he was sentenced to two years in Tafaigata Prison. [Samoa Observer]

A 44-year-old father who tried to have sexual intercourse with a 10 year old girl has been sent to prison for two years.

This matter was presided over by Justice Vui Clarence Nelson last week.

The young victim has name suppression order for her protection.

“There is no doubt that the accused is a useful member of society but if you behave in this fashion to young girls this will be your fate,” said Justice Vui Clarence Nelson.


“The self-imposed intoxication is no excuse for such behaviour.”

He added that Faiva was fortunate that he was not charged for a more serious offence but “there is no understatement about the seriousness of his actions”.

Pai Faiva pleaded guilty to the charge of attempted carnal knowledge after prosecution finalised the charges against him.

Faiva is a public servant who was employed as an Information Technology consultant by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

He holds a degree in computer engineering from the University of the South Pacific.

The prosecutor in the case was Edelma Niumata while Faiva was represented by lawyer, Leota Ray Schuster.

The incident occurred on 20 August this year. The accused is a friend of the victim’s parents.  The girl’s parents own a business in one of the villages

Faiva had gone over to their place to conduct training for the couple’s workers.

The incident occurred on the second day of the training.


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