Lawyer found guilty of domestic assault
A suspended lawyer has been found guilty of assaulting his then wife and daughter in a 2016 domestic violence incident.
Pa’u Tafaogalupe Mulitalo, of Samatau and Lalovaea, has had his legal practising certificate suspended by the Samoa Law Society for two years.
He was charged with two counts of assault on his wife and daughter.
His co-accused, Sala Tuiletufuga Tavita, of Fa’atoia, faced one count of assault and one of insulting words, to which she pleaded not guilty.
Justice Fepulea'i Ameperosa Roma found Pau and Sala guilty of the charges in February after hearing the evidence in the Family Violence Court.
The charges followed an incident that occurred at Lalovaea in the early hours of 16 July 2016 involving a verbal exchange and allegations of assault.
Pa’u was accused of assaulting his then wife and daughter by “applying force with intention”.
Lawyer Unasa Iuni Sapolu represented Pa’u while Iliganoa Atoa of the Attorney General’s Office was the prosecutor.
The suspended lawyer has another separate matter pending in the Supreme Court.
He is facing charges of obtaining by deception and theft where he has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Pa’u was recently denied a request to leave jurisdiction for New Zealand to attend a job interview in Wellington.