14 Jan 2019

Samoa double murderer jailed for life

4:21 pm on 14 January 2019

A 24-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison in Samoa after he entered guilty pleas to two counts of murder.

Simanu’a Manuele

Simanu’a Manuele Photo: Supplied

Simanu'a Manuele, of Falefa and Toamua villages admitted to the charges when he appeared in the Supreme Court.

Police said the defendant was an employee of a family business at Leulumoega Uta at the time of the killings.

He was armed with a machete with which he inflicted horrific, fatal injuries on a 69-year-old man who had arrived in Samoa to visit his family the previous day.

One of the employees at the business, a 45-year-old, was also killed.

Simanu'a was in tears when police escorted him from the court after the sentencing.