8 Apr 2013

Two men jailed for 27 years after attack and robbery of yachtie

3:16 pm on 8 April 2013

Two men convicted of savagely beating a man on his yacht in American Samoa two years ago have been jailed for 27 years for first-degree assault and burglary.

24 year old Vatia Tugaga, and 28 year old Jason Muasau used a log to float from the shore in Pago Pago village to the victim's yacht in the harbour then attacked Kim Corson while he was sleeping.

One of the men used an electric cord and a strap to choke the victim.

The pair were drunk.

Mr Corson was hospitalised - he had broken teeth, numerous bruises and cuts to his body that required 30 stitches.

He testified at the sentencing and asked the court for a sentence of 20 years.

In handing down the sentence, Associate Justice Lyle Richmond, said the case is one of the most heinous crimes committed since he's lived in the territory.