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MANU LEFATIA

American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The trial of a man charged in connection with a shooting in Leone on August 12, 2018 has been continued to Dec. 2, 2019 after Chief Justice Michael Kruse granted the government’s motion to continue to trial, initially set for Aug. 5, 2019. Manu Lefatia, who is in custody...
Manu Lefatia restrained and escorted by two police officers
NOT GUILTY: In an unanimous vote, jurors handed down a 'not guilty' verdict yesterday in the government's case against Manu Lefatia, who was alleged to have taken police on a high-speed chase in 2017.  Details in Tuesday’s Samoa News. [photo: AF]
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While all of the government's witnesses have testified that the driver of the red truck that took police on a high speed chase in late Dec. 2017 was Manu Lefatia, two defense witnesses told jurors that they played pool with Lefatia at his residence in Puapua from 5 pm...
Manu Lefatia in handcuffs escorted by two police officers
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — It was revealed during Day Two of Manu Lefatia’s jury trial that ‘warning gunshots were fired’ by one police officer during a confrontation with Lefatia in Vaitogi — in an effort to get Lefatia to comply with his command. Moreover, government witnesses identified Lefatia...
Manu Lefatia in handcuffs escorted by two police officers
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Jury instructions and opening statements for the jury trial of a man accused of taking police on a high-speed chase back in Dec. 2017 began yesterday in High Court. Manu Lefatia, who has been in custody without bail since his arrest Jan. 2018 is charged with first-degree...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea has found probable cause to bind the government's recent case against Manu Lefatia to the High Court. This follows a preliminary examination hearing yesterday, where the lone witness was DPS Capt. Pierre Clemens. In this new case,...
Dept. of Public Safety building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Manu Lefatia, an inmate accused of escaping — with the alleged help of DPS officer Tuluiga Richard Salanoa — from the temporary holding cell (THC) in Fagatogo, is also facing allegations that he tried to bribe another police officer. Lefatia appeared in District Court...
ARRESTED: (left-right) TCF inmate Manu Lefatia ; TCF inmate Asofa Titio ; TCF inmate Reggie Va’avale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Three Territorial Correctional Facility inmates are now being charged in connection with the alleged beating of another inmate inside TCF two weeks ago. The three inmates, Manu Lefatia, Reggie Va’avale and Asofa Titio made their initial appearance before District Court...
TCF Officer, Toloa Koowaiyou
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government’s cases against two of the three DPS prison guards charged in the matter connected with the escape of a prisoner, who allegedly shot a man in Leone, were dismissed without prejudice by District Court Judge Fiti Sunia yesterday morning. The case against...
TCF- DPS Watch Commander, Mosese Lomu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government has filed an additional charge against one of the three Territorial Correctional Facility police officers, who were arrested in connection with the shooting that occurred in Leone two months ago involving an inmate who allegedly escaped from confinement,...

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