Father Pleads Not Guilty to Incest Charges

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25 February 2019 Apia Samoa A 41-year-old father of Lufilufi who is charged with committing sexual related acts against his two daughters pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him.

His plea was entered through his lawyer Maiava Visekota Peteru in the Supreme Court before Chief Justice Patu Tiavasue Falefatu Sapolu who had also granted bail him bail today with strict conditions.

The complaint was lodged with the Samoa Police by a female family member on the 11th of January this year, alleging the accused had committed incest against his biological daughters between 2016 and 2017.

The incident occurred at Nuusuatia, Safata where the victims liver with their parents. 

The accused told the Court that he can reside with relatives of his wife at Vaoala.

Chief Justice Patu Tiavasue Falefatu Sapolu granted bail with the conditions to surrender his travel documents and sign in at the Apia Police Station every Tuesday and Friday before 12 noon.

He was ordered not to set foot at the place where the offending had occurred and he was ordered not to contact the victims who are currently in the care of the Samoa Victim Support Group.

The matter has been adjourned for hearing on the week commencing the 19th of August.