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Samoa Police Report

Two Samoa police officers outside heaadquarters in Apia.
Source: RNZI

Apia, SAMOA — A police constable in Samoa, Lefiu Aiga Fono, has appeared in court on charges of murder and manslaughter following the death of man in a stone throwing incident at Faleasi'u village early this year.

Another man, who is a relative of the accused, has also been charged.

The policeman has not yet entered a plea.

In a separate matter, a 29-year-old mother is facing charges of manslaughter, assault, being armed with a dangerous object, and failing to provide the necessities of life in relation to the death of her one-year-old child earlier this month.

Police allege the woman struck the child with a broom handle.

The court has ordered the woman to stay in another village and not to approach her three other children, including her two-week-old baby, for their protection.

The woman's mother has court approval to care for the children.

Also, this week, two men have appeared in the Samoa Supreme Court on a joint charge of conspiring to murder, relating to the alleged plot against Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

The pair, Malele Atofu Paulo a.k.a. King Faipopo and Lema'i Faioso Sione, who is a teacher, did not enter a plea as police have yet to finalize charges.

But their lawyer applied for the two suspects to be released on bail.

The prosecution is opposing bail and the matter is scheduled for a further hearing.

The matter will be called again on Monday next week where Malele and Lema’i, as well as the third suspect, Taualai Taualai will appear.