Murder suspect applies for bail

A man who was taken into custody in connection with the death of his wife has filed a bail application in the Supreme Court.

Kolani Junior Lam made the application before the Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu, through his counsel Leiataualesa Komisi Koria. 

He was scheduled to appear in Court next Monday, but the bail application saw his appearance brought forward to yesterday. 

Kolani was arrested two weeks ago by the Police, following the release of a preliminary autopsy report on the post mortem conducted on his wife Sa'u Justina Sa'u, who was until her death last month the C.E.O. of Unit Trust of Samoa. The Ministry of Police has not ruled out foul play.

Leiataualesa sought for an adjournment to file the bail application and was granted by the Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu who has scheduled the hearing date on 3 December, 2018. 

Prosecutor of the Attorney General’s Office, Fuifui Ioane did not object to the adjournment, and also advised the Court that they are yet to finalise the charges.

The defendant will appear again next week Monday for his initial appearance and also to determine whether the Attorney General’s Office has finalised the charges or not. 

The late bureaucrat was the longest serving C.E.O. of Unit Trust of Samoa and is from Apolima-uta and Sinamoga. 

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