Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asue Sapolu has ordered a lawyer from the Office of the Attorney General to reconsider charges against a man who slashed the national flag into strips and later claimed he suffered from mental illness.
Timoteo Leota Mamoe, a 51-year-old male of Vaitele, appeared in the Supreme Court yesterday.
He is charged for destruction of the national flag in front of the government building in May.
The order from the Chief Justice follows a report from a psychiatrist about Mamoe’s situation.
"The case is further adjourned for re-mention on Thursday this week for the prosecutor to reconsider the charges against the accused in view of the psychiatric report,” said His Honour Patu.
Lawyer Ofisa Tagaloa, of the Attorney General’s Office, is prosecuting.
In May this year, Mamoe went to the Prime Minister’s office wanting to speak to him but was declined an appointment.
He got upset and used a small knife to cut the national flag into strips.
The accused initially appeared in the District Court for the charge before it was referred to the Supreme Court.
Made before District Court Judge, Mata Tuatagaloa, Timoteo requested to be given a separate room because he gets “sick from the smoke of other people”.
The hearing continues on Thursday.