Trial for attempted murder accused in June

A young man from Vaiusu accused of the attempted murder of a Chinese national during the White Sunday long weekend last year will face trial next June. 

Kome Sioeli, who pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of Jun Li of Vaitele and China, has remained in custody since the incident in October last year. 

Li survived the attack while his co-worker Qao Yaqing was killed. 

The defendant appeared before Justice Mata Keli Tuatagaloa to set a hearing date for the offence, which he has denied committing. 

Sioeli has already pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated robbery at the Pacific Trades Limited business in Vaitele in October last year.

His hearing has been scheduled on 21 June 2021 for the attempted murder charge.  

Three other co-defendants are currently serving imprisonment terms for the armed robbery that led to the death Mr. Yaqing.  

Gogosina Leilua, an 18-year-old of Vaiusu, is serving life in jail for the murder of the Chinese national.  

Co-defendant Mikaele Leilua was convicted of aggravated robbery and was sentenced to nine months imprisonment 

Tafi Samuelu was convicted of aggravated robbery and sentenced to six months jail. 

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