12 Dec 2018

Man charged over Samoa double murder named

11:09 am on 12 December 2018

The man charged over a double murder at an inland village on Upolu in Samoa has been named as 24-year-old Siamanu'a Manuele of Falefa and Toamua-uta.

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He made his initial appearance in the Supreme Court on Monday and asked Chief Justice Patu Falefatu Sapolu for legal representation.

Mr Manuele faces charges of murder and being armed with a dangerous weapon.

Prosecution asked for an adjournment for the police to finalise charges.

Two men aged 69 and 42 were alledgely murdered in November - the older of the two only just having arrived in Samoa a few hours earlier from New Zealand.

Patu has adjourned the matter until Monday next week to allow Mr Manuele time to find a lawyer and for police to finalise charges.

He remains in police custody.