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Bail hearing for man accused over death of Sa'u Justina set for Thursday

A bail hearing for the man accused of the murder of the late Sa’u Justina Sa’u has been scheduled for this week. 

Accused Kolani Junior Lam, alongside four other defendants, will have their bail hearing on Thursday.  

Lam, who is charged with the murder of the former Unit Trust of Samoa (U.T.O.S.) Chief Executive Officer, also faces alternative charges of manslaughter, common assault in respect of his step daughter, possession of narcotics and conspiracy to defeat the cause of justice.

The bail application from the accused follows an appeal he sought, following a decision by the Supreme Court to deny him a Judge alone trial. 

He is also appealing prosecution evidence being admitted on the basis of propensity. 

Lawyer Leiataualesa Komisi Koria represented Lam in Court on Monday. 

Assistant Attorney General, Magele Leone Su’a was the prosecutor.

She told the Court that a response to the bail application has already been filed.  

Acting Chief Justice, His Honour Vui Clarence Nelson presided. 

The Court heard that the bail application is intended while waiting for the outcome of the appeal. 

Justice Vui then adjourned the matter for the bail hearing to Thursday. 

This is the second time Lam has asked for bail. 

In December last year, he was denied bail by the Supreme Court saying that there is a significant risk should he be granted bail. 

Three months ago, Lam sought to have his trial heard by a Judge alone without a panel of assessors. 

The application was denied and the Supreme Court ruled in favour of prosecution accepting propensity evidence. 

Lam remains in custody. 

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