Former cop asks Court to prohibit reporting

A former female Police officer, who was dismissed for alleged forgery, has asked the Court to make an order to prohibit the publication of her name by the media. 

Pelenatete Leitu, made the request when she appeared in the Supreme Court, on Monday. 

She is facing two charges of forgery and one charge of reproducing document with intent to deceive. 

Presided by Justice Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke, the accused was told that her name is already in the public forum. 

Justice Leiataualesa queried Ms. Leitu on what grounds her application was based.

The former female officer said her family has been affected with her being named by the media. 

But the Supreme Court Judge reminded her that all defendants appearing before the Court are innocent until proven guilty. 

“These are charges that need to be proven beyond reasonable doubt,” he said. 

Prosecutor and Assistant Attorney General, Magele Leone Su’a, said the application by the defendant is opposed by the prosecution. 

Justice Leiataualesa then told Ms. Leitu that should she wish to make the application to prohibit media publication, this is best done through a lawyer when she finds one.

The accused said she had asked for a lawyer paid by the Government but was told that she is not entitled to the service.

She then asked the Court to adjourn her matter again so she can find a lawyer paid by her. 

The matter has been adjourned without plea to 23 March 2020 for Ms. Leitu to find a lawyer. 

She is remanded on bail with conditions to sign in at the nearest Police station. 

The former Police officer is accused of forging a Police report last month and allegedly accepting $50 tala for payment. 

She had her services terminated last month following an internal investigation into her conduct and the alleged offence committed. 

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