2 Jul 2012

Samoa public servant's court verdict in two weeks

1:09 pm on 2 July 2012

A senior public servant in Samoa will have to wait for two weeks before the court gives its verdict on ten charges of committing indecent acts.

The case followed complaints by a woman who was employed by the accused at his family residence.

The accused is denying the charges.

During preliminary hearings of the case two years ago, the chief justice, Patu Tiava'asu'e Falefatu Sapolu, upheld an application by the defence for the defendant's name to be suppressed from publication which also applies to the complainant.

The Samoa Victim Support Group was behind every move to have the case heard in court after several attempts by the victim's family to withdraw the complaint from the police.

The trial judge has set July 19th as the date for sentence and his ruling.