Youth pleads guilty to Chinese death in Vaitele

The youngest of four men, charged in connection with an armed robbery that led to the death of a Chinese national last year, has pleaded guilty to murder. 

Gogosina Leilua, who is one of two brothers involved in the offending, vacated his not guilty plea to murder and pleaded guilty to the charge on Monday morning. 

He is accused of the murder of Vao Yaqing from China at the Pacific Trades Limited business at Vaitele in October. 

Lawyer Leiataualesa Komisi Koria represented Mr. Leilua. 

The other three accused Mikaele Leilua, Tafi Samuelu and Kome Sioeli of Vaiusu have maintained their not guilty plea to the charges against them. 

Their trial is scheduled on 20 April 2020. 

Presided by Justice Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke, the accused will be sentenced on 30 March. 

Earlier last month, the four accused withdrew a bail application with the young men remaining in custody until their hearing. 

Mikaele Leilua and Samuelu are facing one count of burglary for entering the Pacific Trades Limited without authority with intent to commit a crime. 

Sioeli is charged for the attempted murder of a Chinese national: Jun Li. 

The assailants, including one armed with a machete, were alleged to have rushed the business shortly before 10pm on as Saturday night in a suspected attempt to seize cash they believed to be held on premises. 

Mr. Vao had lived in Samoa for ten years. 

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