Samoa Villagers Charged In Vaigaga ‘Rampage’ Out On Bail

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Matai tells court villagers ‘remorseful’ for throwing stones

By Aiga Tofilau

APIA, Samoa (Talamua, Sept. 12, 2012) – Twenty one residents of Vaiusu village in Samoa who were held in custody for stone throwing were released on bail this morning.

Prosecution lawyer Richard Ah Ching told the court that they accept the bail request as they have received a letter from the Ali’i ma Faipule of Vaiusu that shows that they met with their neighboring village Vaigaga and have resolved the conflict between the two villages.

Twenty of them they are charged with three counts of throwing stones and one count each of being armed with a dangerous weapon. One defendant, 16 year old Fa’apea Laupui is charged of assault and his case will be heard in the Youth Court.

Prosecution also informed the matais in court this morning for them to help Police in their investigations of the people who are involved in the matter.

One of the matais, Ausage Sefo told the court that all of them are remorseful of their actions and he said that this matter will not happen again.

Judge Vaepule Vaemoa Va’ai accepted his apology and he told the defendants "to find a counsel to stand for you. If you can’t find a counsel because you may not have enough money, you can report back to court when the matter is re-mentioned 10th October."

The defendants have to surrender their travel documents and sign at the Faleata Police station every Thursday.

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