Court grants changes to nurse’s bail conditions

One of two nurses charged over the death of two 12-month-old babies after receiving MMR vaccination appeared in the Supreme Court yesterday. 

Luse Emo Tauvale appeared before Chief Justice, His Honourable Patu Tiava’asue Falefatu Sapolu for criminal mention in the absence of her lawyer. 

She was seeking changes to her bail conditions to allow her to sign-in at a police post in Savai’i, instead of the one in Apia. 

Her lawyer is Tauiliili Lefau Harry Schuster. 

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Taking the defendant’s stand in her puletasi, Tauvale was asked why her lawyer was not in Court. In response, she shrugged her shoulders, and said in a low voice that she did not know where her lawyer was. 

She then told the Court that she resides in Lefagaoali’i and is seeking its permission to change her sign-in location from the Apia police station to Fagamalo, Savai’i. 

In granting her request, Chief Justice Patu said she will need to reappear again on Monday next week with her lawyer to schedule a date for her trial. 

 Tauvale and Leutogi Te’o are charged with manslaughter, conspiracy to defeat the course of justice and negligence. 

The pair both pleaded not guilty to the charges and are remanded on bail. 

Also from Court, civil mention was rescheduled from yesterday to today. 

A notices outside the Supreme Court room 1 stated the matters normally scheduled for Monday is postponed until today at 10am. 

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