22 Oct 2009

Samoan court clears prominent public figure of assault charge

6:55 pm on 22 October 2009

A prominent official of the Samoa Supreme Court has been cleared of one count of assault.

The matter, which was heard in an open court, was not listed in the criminal cases set for Monday.

Our correspondent in Samoa says the trial was kept at a low profile to avoid media and public attention.

The court has suppressed the names and the identities of the complainant and the accused as well as the parties involved to protect their privacy.

The prominent public figure has been cleared of assault because the presiding overseas judge was not satisfied with the prosecution evidence of a medical report for the complainant.

The assault charge arose from a domestic dispute between the accused and the complainant, who now lives abroad and is unable to travel for medical reasons.