A mother and her step son have been charged with incest.
This was confirmed by the Acting Assistant Commissioner, Sala’a Moananu Sala’a, who said the alleged relationship dates back to 2015.
“The incident started in 2015 when the family were staying at one of the villages at the Itu o Tane District in Savai’i,” said Sala’a.
“They moved to Upolu and they stayed at one of the villages in the Vaimauga District where the accused man and woman continued on with this disgusting act.”
The woman is 26-years-old. The male is 18 and is the son of the woman’s husband.
“It was the woman’s brother in law who reported the matter to the police,” said Sala’a.
The pair is scheduled to appear in Supreme Court before Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asue Falefatu Sapolu.
“This is the third case of incest to have surfaced in the past few weeks,” he said.
“It’s disgusting and it’s not accepted in the Samoan culture and tradition.
“In any Samoan family, there is a triangle and in that triangle, there is the father, mother and the children. However, this incident completely ruins that triangle which is sad.
“And so the Ministry of Police is urging the public and everyone to remember the culture and the tradition.”