15 Jul 2017

Samoan mum jailed for ten years over infanticide

2:55 pm on 15 July 2017

A woman in Samoa has been jailed for ten years for flushing her newborn baby down a toilet.

Newborn baby

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Vesi Enele, in her 20s, opted to plead guilty to a charge of murder rather than go through a hearing.

The Samoa Observer reports that police had said that in 2015, while visiting friends in Vaiusu, the young mother gave birth to the child then tried to flush the newborn down the toilet.

Although the sentence for murder is life imprisonment, the woman's attorney Teo Richard Faaiuaso sought a decade long sentence .

Judge Mata Tuatagaloa told the defendant he accepted this request so she would not spend time the rest of her life in prison.

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