Two fined for PPD following Facebook comments
Precious Ghrose and Salelologa Tanielu who appeared in court on criminal summons facing third degree assault and Public Peace Disturbance (PPD) charges, earlier this week entered into a plea agreement with the government. Ghrose and Tanielu both pled guilty to the PPD charge while the remaining count was dismissed.
The charges stem from comments made on Facebook, a social network.
Ghrose who is set to leave the territory to serve in the military, was fined $75, while Tanielu was ordered to undergo anger management and also pay a fine of $75. Tanielu informed the court that she should not have been involved in this matter.
According to the government’s case on March 1, 2013 police received a call from the complaining witness, reporting that she was assaulted by her female cousins in front of a shopping center in Nu’uuli. Police arrived at the scene but the defendants had already left the scene. Court filings say, the victim told the police that she was coming out from the store when the pair approached her about comments she posted on facebook.
The victim alleged that Tanielu stood between her and Ghrose, who grabbed her arm while Tanielu pushed her to a concrete wall. The victim’s sister interfered and pulled Ghrose’s arm away from the victim as she was holding on too tight, say court filings. It's alleged the defendant walked away while swearing at the victim and her sister.