Prosecution rejects bail application

By Pai Mulitalo Ale ,

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A bail application by a man accused of murdering his wife has been opposed by the Office of the Attorney General.

The application for Tony Eteuati Uelese, was made before the Supreme Court by lawyer, Semi Leung Wai, on Monday. 

Uelese is accused of killing Fatima Tupai at Leauva’a in October last year. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Before the Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu, Lucy Sio, of the Prosecution, opposed the bail application.

Ms. Sio argued that the defendant is a risk to the community. She said there is a high chance he would re-offend if he were given the opportunity to be on bail.

The lawyer added that their reports indicate that the defendant tried to kill someone else.

Mr. Leung Wai denied the claim.

In the end, Chief Justice Patu adjourned the matter until 3 February 2016 for a full hearing of the application for bail. 

In the meantime, a date for the hearing of the charges against him has been set for 25 July 2016.

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