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Woman accused of attempted murder granted request to leave country

The Supreme Court has granted permission to a woman, charged with the attempted murder of a male from Saoluafata, to leave the country for the United States of America.

The decision was made by Justice Lei'ataualesa Daryl Clarke in response to an application to leave jurisdiction.

Leuluaiali'i Selesitina Vaaulu had pleaded not guilty to attempted murder. 

She is accused of allegedly discharging a firearm at a Saoluafata man in October this year over a land dispute.

She also entered a not guilty plea to a charge of causing grievous bodily harm to another man from the same village. 

The man allegedly sustained injuries from Leuluaialii’s actions and is alleged she fired the gun more than once. 

Defence lawyer, Tauiliili Harry Schuster, told the Court this week that his client will be going to Virginia, U.S. and will return before her hearing in March. 

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

She asked that the 45-year-old mother pay two surety of $10,000 tala before she departs and that she provides evidence of her return ticket.

Justice Leiataualesa granted the application on the condition that she pays the proposed surety from prosecution and provide a return ticket.

The matter has been adjourned to 13th March 2020 for hearing.

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