30 Jul 2010

Negligent driving charges against Samoan Catholic priest dropped

1:47 pm on 30 July 2010

The trial of a Catholic priest in Samoa, charged with negligent driving causing the death of a nine year-old child, has been abandoned because police couldn't prove the charge.

Father Petelo Leilua, the parish priest in the Lotofaga district, had given the child a ride on the back of his pick up truck.

The child is believed to have died after jumping from the vehicle.