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MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING MOM, SISTER AND UNCLE
 
Police arrested a man over the weekend from Nu’uuli on allegations that he assaulted his sister, and punched his mother and her brother during an altercation. The defendant is charged with Public Peace Disturbance and Third Degree Assault. However, the government intends to file additional charges in this case.
 
Samoa News is withholding the name of the defendant to protect the identity of the victims in this matter. According to the government’s case, the mother told police she was hanging laundry when she heard her son and daughter arguing. Court filings say the defendant, who argued with his sister, allegedly slapped her and then grabbed a knife and swung it toward his sister. It’s alleged the mother intervened and attempted to move the defendant away from his sister.
 
The mother told police she had to punch her son and push him away from his sister, and the defendant turned around and punched her in the left eye. As a result, the mother sustained a laceration about an inch long. Court filings say the uncle also came to intervene during the incident and the defendant also punched him in the face causing the uncle to fall to the ground. The defendant, who spent the weekend in jail, was released on his own recognizance on Monday.
 
MICHAEL SALA TO FIGHT HIS DUI CASE IN JURY TRIAL
 
The government’s case against Michael Sala, former Director of the Department of Homeland Security that is assigned to the Independent Prosecutor is now scheduled for jury trial. Sala is currently charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and careless driving. The citations stem from an alleged accident wherein Sala side swiped a pedestrian in Lauli’i.
 
The government claims the defendant was under the influence of alcohol and was behind the wheel when the incident occurred. Sala told Samoa News that an oncoming vehicle was on his side of the road and he avoided what would have been a more severe accident if he hadn’t been paying attention.
 
Sala said after the incident he went back to check on the guy, who was ok, and after a while the cops came looking for him, and he was with some friends near his house. The case is now scheduled for Jury Trial on September 23, 2013.
 
CO-DEFENDANT IN BURGLARY CASE CHARGED
 
Samuelu Sae has been charged by the Attorney General’s office in a burglary case that occurred in June 2012.
 
Sae is charged with first degree burglary, a class B felony punishable from five to fifteen years imprisonment and stealing, a class C felony punishable by imprisonment from up to seven years, a fine of up to $5,000 a fine equal to twice the amount of gain from the commission of said crime, up to a maximum of $20,000 or both fine and imprisonment.
 
According to the government’s case, on June 3, 2012 in the wee hours of the night, a store was broken into, whereby the store owner observed the front glass door of his store was shattered and that two men were inside the store. It’s alleged when the two men saw the witness looking at them they both ran to the back of the store where they exited by kicking the back door and breaking the lock. 
 
The store owner told police $475 was missing from the table inside the store where he had left it. During the police investigation, a witness pointed out the defendant and another man who broke into the store.
 
Police interviewed the defendant, who allegedly admitted that he entered the store with his co-defendant and it was his co-defendant that took off with the money. The co-defendant then admitted that he went into store on the night in question and he did find over $300 on the table inside the store. He also said they had another man wait outside the store as the lookout.
 



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