Attorney General appeals 'discharge without conviction' rulings

The Attorney General’s Office is appealing three separate decisions from the District Court where the accused were discharged without conviction. 

The District Court acquitted the three accused John Lolo, Raymond Kerisimasi and Manuele Simone who were charged in separate incidents.

Lolo is charged with causing injury with intent, Kerisimasi faces a charge of causing bodily harm and Simone is accused of negligence driving causing injuries. 

But their discharge without conviction rulings by the District Court compelled the Attorney General to appeal them in the Supreme Court. 

The three accused appeared before Supreme Court Judge, Justice Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke for mention on Monday. 

Lawyer Su’a Hellene Wallwork represented the three men under legal aid. She was appointed by Chief Justice, Patu Tiava’asue Falefatu Sapolu in previous mention to represent the men as she had represented them in the District Court. 

Attorney General Office lawyer, Lucy Sio–Ofoia was the prosecutor. 

The Court heard a written decision on the matters in the lower Court was not immediately available. 

Justice Leiataualesa adjourned the matter for two weeks to allow them to get the written decisions from the District Court.  

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