Chief Justice hands down first sentence

The sentencing of a former Government employee accused of stealing was one of the first tasks for Samoa's newly sworn-in Chief Justice, His Honour Satiu Simativa Perese.

His Honour Satiu handed down his first sentencing on Tuesday in the case of Eteline Otto, of Sinamoga, who was facing charges of theft as a servant. 

Otto was charged with stealing $1,466 from her former employer, the Public Trust Office.

The Office is a public trading body owned by the Government. It administers the lands and other assets of deceased persons.

Otto escaped jail time and was instead given six months of probation. 

In addition, the Chief Justice ordered the defendant to serve 50 hours of community service and to pay $100 towards her probation and another $100 to cover prosecution and court costs. 

Satiu was also scheduled to sentence Filemoni Uoka of Malie for manslaughter but he adjourned the matter to next Thursday.

“This is a very serious matter…it’s a matter I’d like to take time to look at,” the Chief Justice said. 

He noted that his need for more time to review the information involved meant that Uoka would instead be sentenced on the afternoon of Thursday, 2 July, 


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