24 Jan 2006

American Samoan inmate gets sentence extended to 40 years

4:48 pm on 24 January 2006

An American Samoan prison inmate, Pitoitua Maeli, has had his jail term extended to 40 years.

Maeli, who was in jail for a violent attack on a taxi driver, was convicted in September of murdering a fellow inmate and attacking another.

He has been sentenced to life imprisonment for each charge with the sentences to run consecutively meaning he is not entitled to apply for parole for 40 years.

The chief justice, Michael Kruse, said the killing was a cold blooded, deliberate murder and the court was concerned for the welfare of society if Maeli was to be released.