7 Nov 2011

Court in Samoa allows church minister to drive despite guilty plea for negligent driving causing dea

5:52 am on 7 November 2011

A 67 year old church minister in Samoa has been convicted for one count of negligent driving causing the death of his wife but has been allowed to continue driving.

The church minister, Va'alotu Nafo'i, has escaped a jail sentence but was fined 250 US dollars and strongly advised by the district court judge, Mata Tuatagaloa, to let someone drive his vehicle if he is feeling tired.

The judge says she would not disqualify the defendant from driving because Mr Va'alotu has many church duties.

The maximum penalty for negligent driving causing death is five years in jail or a fine of one thousand US dollars.