26 Nov 2014

Samoa policemen demoted for jailing 3 year-old

9:32 pm on 26 November 2014

Three policemen in Samoa have been demoted and a fourth has received a final warning as punishment for holding a 3 year-old in jail.

The child's father was taken into custody for driving an unlicensed vehicle and as the child was in the car at the time of the arrest, the boy was also jailed.

Inspector Keti Tole'afoa, who was the head of the Traffic division, has been demoted to sergeant but has filed an appeal.

His second in charge, Sergeant Fetu Ta'alili, has been dropped to the rank of corporal and both have been transferred to work in the General Policing division.

Corporal Filipo Ma'a, has been demoted to the rank of constable while Constable Nikisone Isaia has been given a final warning.