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Man accused of assaulting his wife, in front of their kids

American Samoa District Court building
However, doesn’t remember the ‘assault’

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of assaulting his wife in Ottoville was arrested and appeared in court three weeks ago.

The defendant, a 35-year-old man from Samoa, made his initial appearance in court three weeks ago. He is charged with 3rd degree assault and disturbing the private peace inside his home, both misdemeanors.

The defendant was released on his own recognizance during his initial appearance under the usual conditions including staying away from his wife and children and to find another place to stay while his case is pending.

Pretrial conference is Oct. 29th at 8:30 a.m.

The defendant was arrested and transported to the Tafuna Police Substation (TPS) for questioning after police received a phone call from his wife, saying that she was assaulted by her husband (defendant) at their home in Ottoville.

As police approached the family house, they observed a woman walking on the road. The woman was seen crying while carrying a black backpack. The woman was later identified as the victim in this case.

The victim told police that she advised her husband (defendant) about his alcohol consumption and requested that he stop wasting their family money on it. She also informed her husband to stop bringing his friends home because she believed that his friends are doing drugs and she does not want him to end up doing drugs. Furthermore, the wife told her husband that the money should be spent on their family needs, not on alcohol and drugs.

The wife’s actions did not sit well with the defendant, her husband. So, he bought a case of beer and had a party with his friend at the friend’s house. Returning home very intoxicated, he started a verbal argument with his wife resulting in his assaulting her in front of their three young children.

When questioned by police, the defendant stated that he did not know anything.

All he remembered, according to the husband, was that he was having a good time with his friend at his friend’s house. He also told police he doesn’t know why he was arrested by the two police officers who came to his house.

Court record shows that the defendant was convicted for 3rd degree assault two years ago.