Young offenders plead guilty to stealing from M.P.

Two young defendants have pleaded guilty for stealing from Member of Parliament for Vaimauga West No. 1, Lenatai Victor Tamapua. 

Junior Maua and Paul Ituau, of Toamua and Leone, are in custody and are each facing two counts of burglary and theft.

They appeared before Chief Justice, His Honour Satiu Simativa Perese, in the Supreme Court on Monday.

The two young men, who did not want to be represented by a lawyer, pleaded guilty to the charges against them.

The Police summary of facts allege that the two defendants entered the Member of Parliament’s home in Fa’atoia without lawful reason on 7 August 2020. 

They are accused of stealing laptop, phone, XBox games, sports shoes and other belongings to the total value of $3,300. 

Chief Justice asked the two defendants if they were under the influence of alcohol when they offended with the pair said yes. 

Justice Satiu then referred the men to the Alcohol and Drugs Court for assessment if they are entitled to undergo a programme before sentencing. 

The prosecutor in the matter is Attorney General’s Office lawyer Ann Matalasi. 


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