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Inspector fined $800

By Lanuola Tusani Tupufia

Inspector fined $800 A Police inspector was fined $800 by the District Court, yesterday. Luatimu Samau, 40, was convicted of actual bodily harm in relation to the beating of inmate, Fa’asalafa Sione.

Judge Vaepule Vaemoa Va’ai presided over the hearing. Samau was one of three police officers accused of beating Ms Sione during investigations into the mystery death of her daughter.

Samau led the police investigation.  Officer Efo Moalele and Ferila Papali’i were also charged in the Supreme Court in connection to the matter. Charges against Efo were dismissed while Ferila is serving time in pris

on.

Yesterday, Judge Vaepule said the Court’s decision considered the defendant’s good performance and the fact he is a first time offender.
The Court also considered reports from Police Commissioner, Lilomaiava Fou Taioalo and President of the Samoa Victim Support Group, Lina Chang

Judge Vaepule said according to the Police Commissioner’s report, Samau is a trustworthy person and very helpful. Ms Chang also told the Court Samau has been very helpful to their cause. Samau’s lawyer, Fepulea’i Ameperosa Roma asked for his client to be given a second chance.

He told the Court that Samau has seven children and his wife is also pregnant. He is the sole provider for the family.  Fepulea’i said everyone makes mistakes and he believes that’s what happened between Samau and Fa’asalafa. Judge Vaepule, however, disagreed.

He said Fa’asalafa is human and there are ways the police could have dealt with her instead of beating her. The Judge said Samau should have used his experience to teach young police officers to make better decisions and to ensure such incidents do not happen again.

 

 

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