A man, who stabbed his estranged wife nine times on her neck in public last month, has been charged with attempted murder.
This was confirmed to the Samoa Observer by Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo.
The accused was officially charged on Tuesday.
The accused and the victim were hospitalized at the Moto’otua Hospital after the horrific incident in front of the National Bank of Samoa.
The accused stabbed his wife before running away and attempted to self-harm.
An eyewitness said the man came out of nowhere and started stabbing her multiple times in public.
“The victim is an employee for one of the government ministries housed at the A.C.C. Building,” one eyewitness said.
“He was waiting for the victim to come to work because it was around 8’oclock in the morning that the incident occurred.”
When members of the public rushed to her rescue, he ran away.
“He ran towards the Mulivai Bridge because a taxi driver was chasing after him. He jumped into the sea and he went inside a pipe that is under there.
“However, when he decided to come back out, the knife that he used on his partner was on his chest.
“The Police arrived at the scene and the ambulance was called. They were both taken to the hospital and they underwent operation that was like an ago.”
The Police Superintendent told the Samoa Observer the accused is scheduled to appear in the Supreme Court next month.
Asked why there was a delay in filing the criminal charges, Auapa’au explained the Police took into consideration the accused was recovering as he suffered severe injuries.
“Look all I can say is, the accused has been charged and there is a possibility of more charges.
“And don’t question why there is a delay.
“We have within our discretion when is the appropriate time to file criminal charges, with advice given by physicians at the hospital we opted to wait.
“And that is all I can say on this case.”