21 Feb 2008

Samoan mother escapes jail sentence after death of new born baby

9:12 am on 21 February 2008

A young Samoan mother charged with infanticide has been placed under probation for two years and to serve 150 hours of community service by the chief justice Patu Tiava'asu'e Falefatu Sapolu.

Akenese Paulo killed her new born baby girl in September 2004.

The 23 year old defendant was 19 at the time and was originally charged with murder but police withdrew that charge and later replaced it with infanticide.

The court was told the baby had died as a result of suffocation.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge and told the probation office that she was raped by her uncle, the main reason why she committed the offence.