29 May 2015

Samoa government newspaper editor convicted

1:40 pm on 29 May 2015

The District Court in Samoa has found the suspended editor of the government newspaper, Tupuola Terry Tavita, guilty of five assault charges.

He is found guilty of two indecent assault charges, two of common assault and one of using insulting words.

Tavita was originally charged with attempting to rape a female journalism student at the National University of Samoa last December, but these charges were withdrawn and indecent assault charges substituted.

Tavita has been remanded on bail until he is sentenced on June 26th.

Tupuola Terry Tevita and his lawyer

Tupuola Terry Tevita and his lawyer Photo: RNZI Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia

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