High Chief, Officer in manslaughter charge

A senior Police prosecutor and a High Chief of Vaiusu have been charged in connection to the death of a young man from Vaiusu the Police Commissioner has confirmed.

Fuiavailiili Egon Keil confirmed that Sergeant Khamtahn Stanley and Vaiusu High Chief Ulugia Lomalasi Laufili were jointly charged with manslaughter for an incident that led to a 20-year-old man's death.

The suspects are both on bail.  

Penitito Toma of Vaiusu died in the Moto’otua hospital from severe injuries on Sunday 22 November.  

The deceased is alleged to have entered the home of the suspended Police Officer at his home in Vaiusu.

It was alleged that the young man was intoxicated and was allegedly assaulted for having entered Stanley’s family home. 

The case will be prosecuted by a private attorney after the Office of the Attorney General delegated its power to senior lawyer Taulapapa Brenda Heather Latu. 

Former Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, said the decision to delegate the powers to a private prosecutor is because the office had been working closely with Stanley in the past years.  

Sergeant Stanley, who was placed on suspension from the force in November, is a non-commissioned officer who had prosecuted a number of high profile cases during his career with the Ministry of the Police.

His recent cases as a prosecutor included serving on the inquest following the death of two infants following the fatal administration of a mixture of vaccine and anaesthetic in an incident in Savai'i last year.

The suspended officer was previously decorated for bravery for his role in a multinational peacekeeping force in South Sudan in 2014, at which time he retained the rank of Sergeant. 

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