Youth pleads not guilty to murder of Chinese

One of the main suspects in an armed robbery at Vaitele, that led to the killing of a Chinese national, has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge against him.

Gogosina Leilua, of Vaiusu, denied murdering Cao Yaqing, when he appeared before the Supreme Court on Monday. 

He was represented by lawyer, Leiataualesa Komisi Koria. 

Four other co-defendants; Tafi Samuelu, Kome Sioeli, and Mikaele Leilua have already entered a not guilty plea to the charges against them.

All the defendants have been remanded in custody after White Sunday holiday last year. 

But Mr. Leilua through his lawyer made an application for bail. 

Prosecution opposed bail for the young defendants. 

Justice Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke adjourned the matter for a bail hearing until Monday next week. 

The other defendants have their bail hearing on Wednesday this week.  

Mr. Sioeli pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempting to murder another Chinese, Jun Li. 

Mr. Leilua’s older brother, Mikaele, is facing a lesser charge of burglary by entering the Pacific Trades Limited without authority with intent to commit a crime. 

The trial for the young offenders is scheduled later this year. 

At the time of the alleged incident, Police Commissioner, Fuiavailiili Egon Keil, said the men were suspected to have attempted to seize a quantity of cash believed to have been stored at the company’s premises in what was a targeted attack.  

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