Pregnant woman asks Court to release her husband

The pregnant wife of a man, who pleaded guilty to stealing from a Chinese in Sale'imoa, has asked the Court to release her husband so he can be by her side when she gives birth. 

The woman stood up in Court this week and identified herself to be the wife of accused, Vaini Vasega, of Malie. 

Justice Mata Keli Tuatagaloa presided.

According to a summary of facts, Vasega allegedly stole a Huawei phone worth $1,200 from a Chinese at Saleimoa in September this year. 

Furthermore, he was accused of breaking a car window on the same day. The cost of the damage is estimated to be $1,500.

He pleaded guilty to one count of theft and one count of intentional damage. 

But Vasega has denied being armed with a dangerous weapon, namely a stone.  

During the proceedings, his pregnant wife raised her hand and requested to have her husband released. 

“I’m due next month," she said. "I ask you to please release my husband so he can be with me."

The plea from the woman brought the defendant to tears. 

Prosecutor and Attorney General’s Office lawyer, Fuifui Ioane, had opposed bail for the defendant. 

She said the 22-year-old defendant has previous convictions of similar offence. 

Justice Tuatagaloa noted the concerns from the woman and referred the defendant to the Drugs and Alcohol Court for assessment. 

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