Woman accused of baby dumping has case referred

A 22-year-old mother from Sapapali’i accused of dumping a newborn baby girl at Mulifanua has been transferred to the District Court. 

The order for nursing student Afioa’e Sale was handed down by Supreme Court Justice, Leiataualesa Darryl Clarke during criminal mention yesterday. 

Afioae Sale is facing one count of concealing the dead body of a child. The offence has a penalty punishable with up to two years in jail.

After informing the court, Justice Leiataualesa ordered the matter be referred dow to the District Court. In Court, Ms Ioane informed the court that this will be the final charges she is facing.

The referral to the District Court was based on suitability for the  charge as it is within the jurisdiction of the District Court.  

The newborn baby, alleged to been dumped by Ms. Sale, is one of two babies that were abandoned within two months in Upolu. 

The first baby boy which is suspected to be 6 months old was found at Laulii. 

Both babies who have been given the name Tautai and Teviti Angel Aumuaga and were buried at the Tafaigata cemetery in October this year. 

The defendant was represented by defence lawyer Su’a Hellene Wallwork; prosecuting for the Attorney General’s office was Counsel, Fuifui Ioane.  


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