Prominent businessman pleads guilty to indecent assault

A prominent businessman has pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting a woman at Malololelei in July. 

Arthur Peter Meredith pleaded guilty to the charge before the Supreme Court on Monday, through his lawyer, Charlie Vaai. 

Mr. Meredith is a Board member of the National Bank of Samoa. 

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He initially faced three charges including two counts of attempted rape and one count of indecent assault. 

Prosecutor and Assistant Attorney General, Magele Leone Sua, made an application to withdraw by leave the two attempted rape charges. 

Justice Lei'ataualesa Daryl Clarke noted the changes in the charges for the Court’s record and made the order to transfer the remaining charge to the District Court. 

“This matter is within the jurisdiction of the District Court...,” he said. 

 Mr. Meredith is remanded on bail pending the matter before the District Court. 

Under the Crimes Act 2013, a person is liable to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 5 years, for indecently assaulting another person. 

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