Former deputy P.M. appeals conviction

The Supreme Court has reserved its decision regarding an appeal by the former deputy Prime Minister against his conviction, RNZ reported yesterday.

Lauofo Pierre Lauofo was convicted on a charge of obstructing police in May, 2014. Lauofo, who remains a Member of Parliament, is appealing against the conviction, alleging errors in the facts of law and inconsistencies in the evidence presented.

Following his conviction, the former deputy Prime Minister was asked to pay $200 to the Police.

Fonotoe was represented by lawyer, Donald Kerslake, in the initial hearing before Judge Vaepule Alo Vaemoa Va’ai.

At the time, Vaepule said the Police officers were merely doing their jobs.

“They were left stunned and professionally deflated after the two parliamentarians left,” he said then.

“Neither of the officers affected has since received an apology (formal or otherwise) from Mr. Meredith to convey his remorse.”

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