Police Sergeant pleads not guilty to manslaughter

A senior Police Prosecutor charged with manslaughter in connection to the death of a young man at Vaiusu has pleaded not guilty to the charge. 

Suspended Police Sergeant, Khamtahn Stanley, entered his plea on Tuesday when he appeared in the Supreme Court.

He was represented by former Attorney General and senior lawyer, Aumua Ming Leung Wai. 

Another former Attorney General, Taulapapa Brenda Heather-Latu, of Latu Lawyers, is the private prosecutor. 

Co-defendant and high chief of Vaiusu, Ulugia Lomalasi Laufili, who is jointly charged with Mr. Stanley, did not enter his plea. 

He requested legal aid and will appear again in Court on 8 June 2020. 

However, the hearing for Mr. Stanley has been scheduled for 14 December 2020. 

Presiding the matter is Justice Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke. 

The suspects are both on bail.  

The alleged victim, Penitito Toma, of Vaiusu, died at the Moto’otua hospital from severe injuries in November last year. 

The deceased is alleged to have entered the home of the suspended Police Officer at Vaiusu, to which the defendant responded, leading to the charges he faces.

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