Accused pleads not guilty to indecent assault

A man from the village of Sagone, Savaii who is accused of indecent assault of a victim under 12 years old has been granted bail.

The matter was called for mention before Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiavasue Falefatu Sapolu on Monday.

The prosecutor is Leone Su’a Mailo.

According to the police summary of facts, the incident occurred on the 15th of June this year at Sagone.

Sione Afemai indecently assaulted a victim under 12 years old from the same village.

Chief Justice Patu asked the defendant if he and the victim are related to which the defendant said no.

He was also checked to see if the defendant had any relatives that he could stay with in Upolu instead of going back to Savaii.

“You are on bail on the following conditions. Firstly you must hand in all travel documents to the Registrar, you must reside with your family at Poutasi,  Falealili and you are not allowed to go back to Sagone or contact the victim involved in this case.

The matter has been set for a two-day hearing on the 23rd and 24th of July.

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