10 Dec 2018

Three men charged over Samoa death named

9:19 am on 10 December 2018

The three men charged in connection with the death of Jeremiah Malaki Tauiliili in Samoa last week, have been named as Su'apa'ia Savai'inaea, Herman Westerlund and Robert Ash.

Jeremiah Malaki Tauili'ili with his family.

Jeremiah Malaki Tauili'ili with his family. Photo: Supplied

According to the Samoa Observer, a deputy registrar of the Ministry of Justice, Ve'atauia Fa'atasi Puleiata said Westerlund and Savaiinaea have been charged with manslaughter and Ash faces an assault charge.

He also confirmed the three were taken into custody last Friday, however Westerlund and Savai'inaea remain in custody and will appear for criminal mention 17 December in the Supreme Court while Ash has been released and will appear in the District Court December 18 for mention.

Ve'atauia said that Ash was released because he faces a lesser charge than the other two.

Tauiliili, a government civil engineer, is alleged to have been assaulted at the Marina Bar and Restaurant complex on Friday 30 November and was in a coma until 5 December when he died.