Crime

Third Arrest In 7 Month Old Leauva’a Mother’s Day Killing

Deidre Fanene

 A police arrest was made at the weekend in the killing of a 30 year old male at Leauva’a, 7 months since it happened on Mother’s Day earlier this year in May.

The arrest comes while two other suspects have already been charged and released on bail conditions to await court hearing next year.

Anti – Vaccinator Free On Bail

Deidre Fanene

Traditional healer and prominent anti - vaccination Edwin Tamasese has been granted bail with strict conditions.

Tamasese was charged with incitement against the government vaccination order last week Thursday following a post that he made on social media stating:

"I'll be here to mop up your mess.

"Enjoy your killing spree," Tamasese wrote.

Prisoner Pays For Rejecting Vaccination

Prison Minister Tialavea John Hunt has officially confirmed that only one prisoner has the measles and it was all his fault when he did not want to be vaccinated.

Aniseko Vaelei is no stranger to the public with regular prison escapes at the leaky Tafaigata Prison and even the brand new Tanumalala Prison failed as well when he became the first to break out of the new confinements.

Daring Thief Who Stole Marijuana From Police Station Appears In Court

Deidre Fanene

The man who broke into the Police Station and stole a portion of the marijuana seized from the Faleatiu raid last month appeared in Supreme Court this week.

Pauli Lapana 55 is facing charges of unlawful entry when he broke into the Apia Police Station last month.

He was unrepresented, and prosecution Fuifui Ioane asked the court if the matter could be adjourned for two weeks so they could finalise charges.

Inbound Travellers Warned Of Police Sniffing Canines 

Deidre Fanene

Inbound travellers by sea or air are warned of trained police dogs on duty at the main airports and seaports in Samoa that can sniff out illegal drugs.

Justice Leiataualesa Daryl Clark gave the warning at the sentencing of  Mr. Tafuna Tauialo who was caught in possession of the illegal substance meth or “ice” by police dogs.

Violence in Samoa is on the rise with many extreme cases

In celebration of 16 DAYS of Activism Against Gender Based Violence this week, the Office of the Ombudsman the National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) and their partners have implemented workshops targeting public servants and facilitating them with 9 different sessions carried out into understanding and enduring healthy relationships at home and at work.

Asofolau Gets Off With A “Second Chance”

Deidre Fanene

Promising national rugby 7s player, Siaosi Asofolau, walked away from court during the week with a clean record when he was discharged without conviction on assault charges.

Judge Fepulea’i Ameperosa Roma gave the ruling on Friday afternoon.

He will, however, have to come up with $600 by next Wednesday at 2.00pm to pay court and prosecution costs.

Prison Escape Artist Aniseko Vailei To Serve 10 More Prison Years

Deidre Fanene

Notorious prison escape artist Aniseko Vailei has an added 10 years to serve at the new Tanumala Prison.

Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala – Warren handed the sentence down in court earlier today.

Vailei was convicted of 3 counts of aggravated burglary and 2 counts of aggravated robbery and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for each charge, to be served concurrently.

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