Man pleads guilty to Pacific Games Office burglary

The Supreme Court on Monday heard the Office of the Pacific Games at Tuana'imato, Apia was broken into twice in February this year. 

The man accused of the break-in, Junior Tuala, also known as Hinckley, appeared before Chief Justice Patu Tiava’asue Falefatu Sapolu. 

He pleaded guilty to four theft-related and unlawful entrance charges.   

Tuala is accused of breaking into the office of the Pacific Games Chief Executive Officer on February 16 and for another incident on February 23. 

According to a summary of facts read out in Court, the accused stole a $600 tala worth Bluetooth speaker and in separate incident stole another Bluetooth speaker and two hats valued at $990. All the stolen items belong to the Pacific Games Chief Executive Officer, Falefata Hele Matatia.

Lucy Sio Ofoia was the prosecutor. 

An aunt of the accused, who identified herself as Telesia Toeava, told the Court that the matter has been settled. 

She handed over a letter to the registrar and indicated that it outlined the matter being resolved between the accused and the person involved. 

Chief Justice Patu noted the submission of the letter and reminded the woman that her concerns should be raised during the time the accused will be sentenced. 

He then asked Tuala if he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, to which he replied in the negative. 

The accused is on bail and is scheduled to appear again on May 13 for a probation report. 

Another man, Emelio Tupai Lui, who was held in custody and implicated for the same offence was released. 

The Court heard all the charges against him were withdrawn.  Chief Justice Patu ordered the man to be released and to go home and see his family. 

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