31 May 2010

Former assistant police commissioner in Samoa pays fine for indecent assault charge

7:05 am on 31 May 2010

A former assistant police commissioner in Samoa, Tiatia Moto'otua, has been convicted and ordered to pay a one hundred US dollar fine for one count of indecently assaulting a police woman by kissing her lips.

But the defendant was convicted and discharged and place under probation for 12 months on one count of assault.

The assistant police commissioner had denied both charges but the court in a verdict delivered in February found him guilty of both charges.

The presiding judge, Tauiliili Fao Harry Schuster, in his ruling has rejected a custodial sentence sought by the prosecution because it was a light indecent assault.

He said kissing the lips does not warrant a custodial punishment.

The court has also taken into account mitigating factors that the defendant not only a first offender but his good records of service during his 32 years in the Ministry of Police and Prisons.