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Accused men in Samalaeulu murder trial granted bail

The four men accused of stoning a man to death at Samalaeulu Savai’i in September this year, have been granted bail, pending their trial. 

Mamoe Aiesi, Foaga Ipu Piki, Leu Saulo and Paulo Mika are jointly charged for the murder of the father of six from Samalaeulu. 

They all entered a not guilty plea. 

Aiesi was represented by lawyer, Arthur Lesa, Afamasaga Michael So'onalole is acting for Piki, Saulo’s lawyer is Leiataualesa Komisi Koria while Charlie Vaai is acting for Mika. 

Prosecutor and Assistant Attorney General, Magele Leone Su’a, did not oppose the bail application.

She only asked that as part of the bail condition, the men are not to reside in Samalaeulu and refrain from making contact with police witnesses. 

They are also required to surrender their travel documents and sign at the nearest police post. 

Justice Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke granted bail for the defendants given the conditions sought by the prosecution. 

Saulo is to reside in Leauvaa, Mika will live with his relatives in Afega and Aiesi is ordered to stay with his sister at Vaimoso. 

The hearing for the men has been set down for 6th July 2020. 

The men, who are also from the village of Samalaeulu, allegedly threw stones at the deceased’s car in Samalaeulu last month.

When the man got out to see who had thrown the stones, the four men allegedly stoned and beat him up until he was unconscious. 

The men are suspected to have been under the influence of alcohol. 

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