Trial date for Samoan rapper set

By Deidre Tautua-Fanene 02 September 2018, 12:00AM

An attempted murder trial for Samoan rapper Sipili Nanai or “Zipso” is set for January 21, 2019.

The artist appeared before His Honour, Chief Justice, Patu Tiava'asue Falefatu Sapolu in the Supreme Court recently and was advised of the court hearing date. 

He has been asked to surrender all his travel documents and to report at Faleolo twice a week.

“This matter will be adjourned to the week commencing the 21st of January 2019. Bail has been granted on the following conditions, you are to surrender all your travel documents, secondly you are to reside at your family at Matautu Falelatai and you are to sign at Faleolo on Tuesday and Friday before 12 noon,” said the Chief Justice. 

Leone Su’a-Mailo of the Attorney General’s Office represented the prosecution and Maiava Visekota Peteru represented the accused when they appeared before the Chief Justice.

Maiava had told the court that the accused had pleaded not guilty to the charge of attempted murder and made an application for bail, which was granted by the Chief Justice. 

The charge relates to the involvement of the artist in an incident earlier this month where he allegedly attacked a male, who is in his 40s, in the village of Solosolo. The victim allegedly sustained severe injuries to his head and fingers.

By Deidre Tautua-Fanene 02 September 2018, 12:00AM

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