Accused in Faleula raid referred to District Court

Charges against a man, who was recently fined $50,000 by his village after Police raided his home and found more than 10 firearms, has been transferred to the District Court for prosecution. 

Ipuauro Uli Sagote, a 44-year-old father of Faleula and Lalomalava had his bail hearing scheduled on Thursday in the Supreme Court adjourned. 

This follows an order from Justice Mata Keli Tuatagaloa to refer the matter to the District Court as it has the jurisdiction to deal with his case. 

Lawyer Unasa Iuni Sapolu represented Sagote while prosecutor is Attorney General’s Office lawyer Silupevaelei Rexona Titi.

After two adjournments on Sagote’s matter in the Supreme Court, the prosecution has not yet finalised the charges against him. 

The accused remains in custody and will appear in the District Court for mention next week to schedule a date for his bail hearing. 

Sagote is facing multiple charges of possession of utensils, possession of unlawful weapons and ammunition and unregistered firearm. 

The recent raid from Police discovered high powered rifles and illegal handguns at the accused’s resident in Faleula.

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