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Assessor’s trial abandoned after guilty plea

An assessor’s trial for a man charged in connection with a stabbing incident has been cancelled after he pleaded guilty to attempted murder.

The matter concerning defendant K.J Letoa Paulo went before Supreme Court Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren recently and was in relation to an incident at Fusi Safotulafai in July last year. 

According to the police summary of facts, the defendant was in a drinking session with the victim, a girl and another man. They were consuming liquor when towards the end the victim and the girl left. 

“I went home to find the victim and the girl sleeping in my bed, she was half naked. I woke up the victim and asked him why he was sleeping at my house. 

“I was scared that my father would find out I was drinking, but the victim told me not to bother him and his girl as they were sleeping,” he stated. 

The response from the couple did not go down well with the defendant, he said in Court, and got a knife and stabbed the man in the back. 

“So I fetched the knife, I came back and stabbed him on the neck, the second bash landed on his shoulder while the third stab was to his side; he got up and took off running,” said the Police report. 

Justice Tafaoimalo has scheduled sentencing for the defendant to February 22, 2019 and ordered that a probation report is ready before the sentencing day.

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