8 Apr 2011

Two Samoan policewomen charged in relation to beating in custody

6:51 am on 8 April 2011

Two policewomen in Samoa have appeared in court on charges of causing actual bodily harm.

The charges follow an internal police investigation into the alleged beating of a woman who was kept in police custody for inquiries into the death of her child six years ago.

The victim had suffered serious injuries to her face.

The defendants, Sergeant Efo Moalele and Constable Ferila Papali'i, have been suspended from their police duties to await the outcome of the case.

They were released on bail by District Court judge, Mata Touatagaloa, with the condition they surrender their passports.

She also accepted a prosecution application for the case to be further adjourned for police to finalise charges against the police women.

The two accused have yet to enter a plea and their case will be called again for mention on April 15.