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Bail revocation hearing for Viliamu Solomona

American Samoa High Court building

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The High Court is taking under advisement a motion from the government to revoke bail for Viliamu Solomona. Prosecutor Laura Garvey claims that Solomona violated conditions of his release from a previous case filed last year.

On Dec. 30th, Solomona was re-arrested and charged in District Court with two misdemeanors: public peace disturbance and third degree assault. He was arrested after he allegedly assaulted his neighbor with a hammer; and was heavily intoxicated when police picked him up at home.

Garvey asked the court to revoke and forfeit Solomona’s bond.

Defense attorney Ryan Anderson said the allegation is based on what is on a piece of paper, not solid evidence like someone being sworn-in to tell the court what happened — and there isn't sufficient evidence from the government to prove its motion, and for that reason, it must be denied. Garvey argued that the government has a copy of the new complaint against Solomona, to support its motion.

Solomona, who is out on a $10,000 surety bond, has been ordered to comply with conditions of his release, especially the one requiring him to be law-abiding.

His next hearing is scheduled for next month.