Court Report



Maua Lesoapule of Se’etaga is charged with third degree assault and public peace disturbance in an incident which allegedly occurred last week. The defendant made his initial appearance in the District Court on Friday before Judge John Ward.

According to the government’s case, on Oct. 18, 2012 police received a call from a male child requesting police assistance in Se’etaga. Police responded and met with one of the victims, who claimed the defendant was consuming alcohol while preparing umu. The defendant got into an argument with his sister and allegedly ended up throwing a breadfruit at her and later punching her.

According to court filings, the husband’s sister attempted to stop the altercation, however the defendant then punched his brother-in-law in the eye. The defendant, who was furious, allegedly damaged items inside the house and then fetched a machete and threatened his brother-in-law.

Police arrested the defendant, who had a strong scent of alcohol on his breath. Court filings state the defendant admitted he consumed two beer bottles and also had kava. The government is conducting more investigation into this matter to determine if additional charges should be filed against the defendant.


A man facing charges of receiving stolen property in connection with a burglary case back in September 2009 is scheduled to enter a guilty plea in the High Court today.

Lokeni Nu’usolia of Faleniu is facing one count of receiving stolen property, a class C felony which is punishable up to seven years in jail a fine of $5,000 or both.

Details of the plea were not made available at this time, however it will be read in open court before Associate Justice Lyle Richmond who will decide to accept or not accept the plea deal between the government and the defendant.

According to the government’s case, Nu’usolia received stolen property obtained during the robbery of the FJ&P Kruse store in Leone, on Sept.13, 2009.

The government states two men, who have since been convicted of the crime, contacted Nu’usolia, after the robbery, who then picked up the vault and took it to an abandoned building in Faleniu, which belongs to the defendant.

The police picked up the vault on the same day from behind the defendant’s building.

Police took the vault to the police station and the owners of the Kruse store identified it as the one missing from their store. Still contained in the vault was $24,129.95 in cash, $18,282 in checks, and $5,492 worth of food stamps.


A woman accused of assaulting her niece with a pipe was arraigned in High Court last Friday where she denied the charges of second degree assault and public peace disturbance.

Bail for Utu Feo is set at $5,000 and she’s represented by the Public Defender’s office. The assault count is a class D felony which carries a jail term of up to five years, a fine of up to $5,000 or both fine and jail term, while the PPD count is a class C misdemeanor and is punishable up to 15 days in jail a fine of up to $300 or both.

The defendant made her arraignment before Associate Justice Lyle Richmond.

According to the government’s case, on Nov. 16, 2011 police received a call from a 19-year old girl claiming that she was assaulted by her aunt with a pipe.

Police responded to the call and saw the victim, who had a bump on her forehead, bruises on her left arm and right shoulder to her back and also had bruises above her left kneecap. The alleged incident occurred in Aua where the defendant resides.

The girl told police that she ran away from home on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 and did not return home because she was scared that she would get beaten again.

“She has been wanting to go back to her parents in Samoa but she does not have traveling documents,” according to court filings.

The girl told police, the defendant had beaten her with a pipe because when her aunt asked her if she wanted to stay with them, she said no.

Police spoke with the defendant who admitted to beating the victim with a pipe because the victim had run away from home for four days.

The defendant told police that she knows what she did was wrong.


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