28 May 2014

Assault charges against six Samoan police withdrawn

3:22 pm on 28 May 2014

A district court judge in Samoa has accepted a prosecution application for the assault charges against six police officers to be withdrawn and dismissed after the complainant changed his evidence during a trial.

Under cross examination, the complainant said he had suffered injuries to his forehead, teeth, lips and nose when he fell down and hit a bumper of a police vehicle.

He also told the court he had lost his memory of the events because he was intoxicated.

At the time of his arrest, the complainant, Kapeneta Faailo, accused the officers of assaulting him when the police had tried to apprehend him from his home at Tanugamanono.

The six officers were suspended with pay for nearly four months while waiting for the outcome of the case.