Businessman's sentencing postponed

The sentencing of prominent businessman Peter Meredith has been delayed after his defence team queried Police facts tendered in court. 

The defence team of Mr. Meredith dispute aspects of the Police facts tendered in court last week, leading to his sentencing hearing to be scheduled for a later date. 

The matter was held before District Court Judge Alalatoa Rosella Papali’i on Friday. Judge Alalatoa set a hearing for the end of the month allowing Police to bring witnesses to support their report. 

In the Supreme Court last month, Meredith pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting a woman at Malololelei in July in the Supreme Court and then matter was moved to the District Court. Mr. Meredith is on the board of the National Bank of Samoa.

The prosecution sought an adjournment to file their victim impact report and sentencing memorandum.  

“This case is now scheduled for hearing on 30 September, 2019 of certain particulars of the police summary of facts that is being disputed; however if by then the matter has been sorted with prosecution, then there would be no need for the hearing to proceed," said Judge Alalatoa in court on Friday.



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