Case of Former Police Sergeant Charged with Sexual Violation of Fellow Police Officer Recalled in Supreme Court
The case of a former Police Sergeant facing three charges for the alleged sexual violation of a woman police officer at the workplace, was recalled before the Supreme Court of Samoa during Monday morning criminal mentions.
Reupena Oloapu was the Officer in Charge (OIC) at Fagamalo Post when it is alleged that he attempted to sexually violate, indecently assault and have unlawful sexual connection with a fellow officer in February this year.
The matter was called in late March, and then placed in the backburner with other criminal cases while the Courts dealt with multiple post-election petitions and constitutional cases during the recent political crisis.
When the matter was last called, Oloapu was assigned a legal aid counsel, Mauga Precious Chang. At the time of the offending, then Police Commissioner Su’a Egon Keil said the Samoa Police Service has zero tolerance for this type of behaviour and all officers will face the full force of the law.
The matter has been adjourned for hearing of a bail variation, where the defendant is asking to reduce the number of times he signs-in with police from twice a week, to just Fridays.