Man Charged with Causing Father’s Day Tragedy Appears in Court



Prosecution have denied bail to a defendant accused of killing a  40 year old man by running him down with a dyna truck after a drinking session on Father’s day long weekend.

Lino Lino, 38, has been charged with the murder of 40 year old Ataiti Ulugia Mika, with the alternative charge of manslaughter. He also faces charges of hit and run as well as actual bodily harm on two more victims of the incident.

During weekly criminal mentions, Lino applied for bail through his legal aid defense counsel Muriel Lui.

At the time of the incident, Police Commissioner Su’a Fuiavailiili Egon Keil had confirmed that all the men involved had been drinking together in Nuu, near Vaitele on Father’s Day public holiday, Monday 10th August 2020.

“Police responded when the call came around 5.55pm.. they were in a friendly drinking session prior to the incident, and a locally produced vodka type drink was consumed by the suspect prior to the incident”, said the Police Commissioner at the time.

Lino did not enter a plea and he remains in custody until his bail hearing set for next week.

Marieta H Ilalio