Men accused of murder appear in Court

Two men accused of murder in 2015 appeared in the Supreme Court this week before the Chief Justice, His Honour Satiu Simativa Perese.

The defendants are Samoa Faalogo and Fa'afetai Ofisa.

But the matter was adjourned regarding a bail application for Ofisa, while a hearing date remains to be set for Fa'alogo.

The prosecutor, Lucymaria Sio Ofoia, of the Attorney General's office opposes bail for Ofisa on the grounds that he re-offended while on an outstanding warrant for murder.

A motion to oppose Ofisa’s bail was filed by the prosecution on Monday morning.

The defence counsel asked the Court to adjourn Faalogo’s matter for one week to allow them time to file a defence on the basis that the defendant’s Constitutional right to a fair hearing had been breached.

The Chief Justice said Ofisa’s matter can still go ahead before Supreme Court Justice Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke on Friday.

Ofisa’s bail hearing is scheduled for Friday 18 July 2020.

Justice Leiataualesa will hear the bail application from the defence, said the Chief Justice.

Faalogo, has also been charged with murder, but he has entered a plea of not guilty and is out on bail.

His matter has been adjourned to Monday 20 July 2020.

Ofisa was remanded in custody after the appearance. Faalogo was remanded on bail.



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