26 Dec 2018

Samoan man accused of manslaughter gets bail

3:14 pm on 26 December 2018

In Samoa, the second man accused of causing the death of engineer Jeremiah Malaki Tauiliili, is now on bail following a court hearing on Monday.

Suapaina Savaiinaea, who along with co defendant Herman Westerlund are charged with manslaughter, had been remanded in custody last week after Chief Justice Patu Tiavaasue Sapolu reversed an earlier decision to release him.

Justice Sapolu reversed his decision after the victim's father, member of parliament, Sulamanaia Tauiliili said in court the accused should remain in custody for his own safety.

On Monday, Savaiinaea's attorney Leiataualesa Jerry Brunt was successful in his application for release of his client.

Savaiinaea and Westerlund were in court on Monday for criminal mention.

There was no objection from the prosecutor and the Chief Justice granted bail on certain conditions.

Savaiinaea must surrender his travel documents, sign in at the police station twice a week, be subjected to a curfew, and cannot go to where the alleged assault took place.

Both Savaiiinaea and Westerlund have entered pleas of not guilty and their next court appearances is in June, 2019.