Double murder suspect withdraws bail request

A man suspected of a New Year's double murder, has opted to withdraw his bail application in the Supreme Court on Friday. 

Vaotu’ua Auleoleo Neemia, through his lawyer Leinafo Taimalelagi Strickland, filed the application before Justice Vui Clarence Nelson. 

The matter has been further adjourned until 8th March for the defense to consider his plea.  

Vaotu’ua, of Afega and Falelatai, is facing two charges of murder and remains in custody where he has been since the New Year's incident. 

On New Year’s eve, Vaotu’ua is accused of causing the death of two men from the village of Afega.  

It is alleged that the he got into a disagreement with one of the two victims prior to the incident.  

A 35-year-old father of six was the first to have been allegedly shot, by Vaotu’ua, in front of his children outside his home. 

It is alleged that Vaotu'ua had mistakenly shot the 35-year-old thinking he was one of the men with whom he had had an earlier disagreement. 

The second person who was allegedly shot, only minutes later, by the defendant was another chief of Afega who was about 10 meters away from the first victim. 

According to the Police Commissioner, Fuiavailiili Egon Keil a low-calibre .22 millimetre handgun is understood to be the murder weapon used in the incident.

A raid executed on the suspect’s house four days after the crime was committed netted ammunition of the same type used in the fatal shooting, the Police said. 

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