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Man pleads guilty to attempted arson

A man from Savai’i has pleaded guilty to attempted arson, being armed with a dangerous weapon and throwing rocks following an incident in Sapapali’i, Savai’i, in April this year.

The defendant, Tavita Latu, appeared before Supreme Court Justice Lei'ataualesa Daryl Clarke on Monday.

On 18 April in Sapapalii, Latu was alleged to have been armed with stones which he threw at the home of Sa Lio.

He is accused of unlawful entry for going into the victim’s home and also trying to set the victim’s home on fire.

Latu has been charged with four counts in total: armed with a dangerous weapon; throwing stones; attempted arson and unlawful entry.

He has pleaded guilty to all counts except the unlawful entry charge.

Justice Leiataualesa has set a date for trial on 25 January, 2021.

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