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Apulu's lawyer asks for discharge without conviction

A lawyer representing businessman and owner of Talamua Media, Apulu Lance Polu, has asked the Supreme Court for a discharge without conviction for his client.

Apulu appeared before Supreme Court Justice Vui Clarence Nelson on Monday afternoon for sentencing.

He was found guilty of one count of using a forged document in a Court proceedings involving five other defendants including the Gagaifomauga No. 3 Member of Parliament, La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao.

Apulu, La'auli and the other defendants were initially charged with 233 offences that were reduced to 105 charges before the close of the trial in December last year. 

The Supreme Court cleared four defendants including La'auli of all the charges last month except for the defendant, who was remanded on bail until his sentencing on Monday.

Defense lawyer, QC Kieran Raftery, submitted to the Court that the case was about defrauding the company [nonu juice company Local Partners and Associates] and he asked the Court for a discharge without conviction.

He argued that none of the recommendations or suggestions from the prosecution were appropriate as the trial proceedings last year had taught him a lesson.

The trial that began in June last year and lasted five weeks. It about the alleged defrauding of $2.6 million from the company, which Mr Raftery submitted “of that, he was found not guilty.”

Subsequently, the defense lawyer submitted that his client is entitled to a discharge without conviction. 

Justice Vui has set the date to hand down his decision for Friday, 31 July 2020 at 12.30pm. 

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