Court denies separate hearings application for men accused over Malaki Tauiliili's death

An application to have the two men accused of manslaughter - in relation to the death of Jeremiah Malaki Tauiliili -  trialled separately has been denied. 

The decision was delivered by Supreme Court Justice, Mata Keli Tuatagaloa, on Friday morning. 

“Counsels, for the reasons provided in my written decision handed out by the Registrar, the application for separate trial is dismissed,” said Justice Tuatagaloa. 

The media was not privy to a copy of the decision.

The matter was then adjourned. 

Herman Paul Westerlund and Suapaina Savai’inaea have both pleaded not guilty to manslaughter. 

Lawyer Fepuleai Patrick Fepuleai represented Westerlund while Savai’inaea was represented by Leiataualesa Jerry Brunt. 

Two weeks ago a hearing of the application for the men to be trialled separately proceeded in the Supreme Court. 

The media was not allowed to sit in and were prohibited from reporting on any details. 

Justice Tuatagaloa said the reason being is because the issues discussed in the hearing of the application will be brought up in the substantive hearing later on. 

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