12 Mar 2020

Suspended Samoan lawyer faces another battle to clear name

4:29 pm on 12 March 2020

A suspended lawyer in Samoa, Pa'u Mulitalo Tafaogalupe, is representing himself in another legal battle in the Supreme Court to clear his name.

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He was found guilty last month of two counts of assaulting his ex-wife and daughter.

The court discharged Pa'u without conviction.

However, Pa'u is facing one count of obtaining by deception relating to a dispute with a local contractor who built his house back in 2015.

The prosecution argues the contractor's tools and building equipment's were unlawfully held by Pa'u as a result of the dispute.

The charge was initially dismissed in a 2018 trial but the court of appeal ruled last year for the decision to be set aside and for the court to re-hear the matter.