Arsonist pleads guilty to sex crimes

A convicted arsonist, who pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual connection in his most recent Court appearance, will be sentenced next month in the Supreme Court.

The handcuffed defendant appeared before Supreme Court Justice Vui Clarence Nelson on Wednesday morning.

He was scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday, however, a memorandum and victim impact report were filed by prosecution Wednesday morning.

Justice Vui noted he did not have the summary of facts (S.O.F.) for the case. He was then provided the summary.

The pre-sentence report was also not in Justice Vui’s possession. A probations officer said the report was filed earlier.

Prosecution declined to add to their memorandum and victim impact report.

Defense lawyer, Afamasaga Michael So'onalole told the Court the mitigating factors are that his client pleaded guilty and he expressed remorse for his actions.

Justice Vui asked Afamasaga if the defendant is a repeat offender and the defense attorney said yes.

The defendant is a convicted arsonist and committed another crime.

Justice Vui expressed interest to know if any customary reconciliation was made with the victim.

In his newest case, the defendant was initially accused of sodomy; however, he entered a guilty plea to a lesser charge – unlawful sexual connection plus other lesser crimes of a sexual nature.

Justice Vui told the defendant he just received information from prosecution, from probations and from defense.

In order to review the information, Vui deferred sentencing until next month on 3 July, 2020.

The defendant was remanded in custody after his appearance.

The Prosecutor on the case is Avei Faasii.

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