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Young man who can’t get along with his father told to live elsewhere

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Court has ordered a young man to find a place to live, to avoid future problems between him and his father.

Fred Vaaliu was arrested by police last week from his home in Tafuna, after police assistance was sought by his father, who accused his son of making unreasonable noises at their home.

Vaaliu, who has another matter pending in District Court, made his initial appearance last week. After reviewing the criminal complaint, the court, along with a recommendation from the government’s attorney, decided that the case against Vaaliu is a “no file” case.

When Vaaliu’s case was called, the Court reminded him that he has a separate pending case, which is already scheduled for pretrial conference on Oct. 20th.

“For that case, you were ordered by the court to remain a law abiding citizen and keep the peace at your residence; but it appears that you’re now before the court for the same offense,” the Court said.

The judge told Vaaliu that the government has decided not to file charges against him, meaning the new case against him is declared a “no file”.

“ .. but we can easily order you to find another place to live, away from your family,” the Court told Vaaliu.

“Do you have another place to live?” the Court asked Vaaliu, who said yes.

“Okay, go and find another place to live, and that is another condition in your pending matter. And remember, you must appear in court on Oct. 20th for your next court hearing, because if you fail, you will get a bench warrant from this court, and you will staying at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) until your matter is resolved,” the Court concluded.

He then ordered that Vaaliu released from custody.

The government claims that it was Vaaliu’s father who called the police on his son. When cops arrived at the family residence in Tafuna, they observed that Vaaliu was calm.

Vaaliu’s father told police to arrest his son for disturbing the peace inside their home; however, Vaaliu was telling his father that he did not do anything to disturb the peace.

He even apologized to his dad, saying that he did not disrespect him or do anything wrong.

For safety reasons, police escorted Vaaliu to the Tafuna Police Substation. He was later booked and confined at the TCF to await his initial appearance yesterday morning.