Matai from Falealili pleads guilty to rape of underage girl
Apia, SAMOA — A 61 year old man from Salani Falealii entered a late guilty plea in Samoa’s Supreme Court on Wednesday before Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren.
Fuimaono Tanielu faced 9 charges relating to sexual violation of a girl under 16 years of age. One charge of rape and 8 charges of indecent assault and carnal knowledge.
When the matter was first called Fuimaono had pleaded not guilty, so Police and Prosecution prepared for the hearing due to start this week. When the matter was called, however, the accused changed his plea to guilty, through his lawyer.
The prevalence of cases where young girls are sexually violated is noted in the Samoa Courts. During mentions on Monday this week, three men aged between 51-71 appeared in Court facing charges of rape, indecent assault and carnal knowledge.