Satapuala files petition to remove family

By Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu ,

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Satapuala Village Mayor Vaili Mimita, outside his residence in Satapuala.

Satapuala Village Mayor Vaili Mimita, outside his residence in Satapuala. (Photo: Joyetter Luamanu )

The Satapuala Village Council has proceeded with the removal of the family alleged to own a marijuana farm and the suspects charged in connection to the brutal murder of a 15-year-old boy in Satapuala last week. 

The Court receptionist confirmed the petition was filed on Monday by the Village Council. 

According to Satapuala Village Mayor, Vaili Mimita, the family in question had been ousted by the Village Council last week.  

Vaili told the Samoa Observer the Village Council met on Friday after the discovery of the deceased’s body.

He said they opted to give the family an ultimatum.

“They had to pay a hefty fine of $20,000 by 4pm (Saturday) or the village will demolish (mu le foaga) all their personal belongings,” Vaili said.   

 “However, with God in mind, there was a change of hearts by the chiefs.

“So we have opted to banish them instead of demolishing what this family owns such as burning their homes and damaging everything on their family land.” 

According to the Court receptionist, the petition will be published in the Savali in accordance with the law and a copy would be released to the media thereafter. 

Meanwhile, one of the five suspects held over the murder of Uili Uili has been charged with first degree murder. 

The defendant is a 39-year-old, says Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapa’au Filipo Logoitino. 

He also confirmed that the five defendants are charged with cultivation of narcotics. 

They were officially charged on Friday morning and they are scheduled to appear in the Supreme Court for criminal mention next Monday. 

The Police expect to file additional charges as the investigation continues.

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