Escaped prisoners appear in court

Two prisoners, charged with assaulting a Chinese businessman, Kuan Hui San,were back in the Supreme Court yesterday.

Lauitiiti Tualima and Filipo Pesamino appeared before Chief Justice, Patu Tiava’asue Falefatu Sapolu.  The pair is jointly charged with attempted murder, grievous bodily harm, breaking and entering as well as theft. 

Tualima pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder charge but pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm, breaking and entering and theft. 

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Pesamino also pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and grievous bodily harm but pleaded guilty to breaking and entering and theft.

The two accused escaped from Tafaigata prison and broke into Mr San’s residence at Vaitele-Uta. 

They then assaulted Mr San leaving him in a critical condition and stole his belongings worth $2,500. 

Pesamino was also charged with assault on an officer, Tapasu Tuala on the 25th April. 

He has pleaded guilty to this charge.

Both accused will appear again next week on Monday 30th May 2016 for mention to confirm their pleas in court.

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