2 Apr 2009

Five men in Samoa found guilty of arson in burning judge's home

4:12 pm on 2 April 2009

Four chiefs and an untitled man from Falelatai village in Samoa have been found guilty of arson in burning down the family home of a Lands Titles court judge, Misa Pita Anae, three years ago.

The chief judge, Patu Falefatu Sapolu, has also found them guilty of throwing stones, uttering swear words and objecting to police duties.

But another accused, who is a chief and who was jointly charged with the convicted arsonists, has been cleared of all the criminal charges.

The convicted defendants, Lupematasila Fa'amanu Ivara, Lupematasila Saipani, Misa Gaga'e, Nanai Siaki and Filipo Fa'asavalu, have been released on bail to await sentencing in two weeks.