It was never going to be an easy interview. A palagi outsider is ill-placed to call a senior matai chief to account for years of tradition which, in this case, had seen his fono council banish a dozen families from the village. Their crime? Lawfully voting in the national elections for a candidate of their choice, but against council decree.
The defendant is charged with one count of second degree assault, a class D felony; and third degree assault domestic violence , a class A misdemeanor. He made his initial appearance in District Court Thursday morning. According to the government's case, the victim walked into the DPS Tafuna Substation this past Tuesday, to report that he had been assaulted by another man while he was sleeping. According to the victim, he was with the defendant's wife when the defendant came to his home and assaulted him with what appeared to be a bat. Cops who responded to the call were able to locate the defendant and his wife at their home in Mapusaga Fou. The woman told police that she went to the victim's home to return his shirt and when her husband called the victim to inquire of her whereabouts, she told him to tell her husband that she wasn't there. According to the woman, she went to the victim's residence and stayed, waiting "for a better time" to return home.
The tent is tightly stacked with a household's worth of furniture, including a double mattress the boy shares with his parents. His year-old brother sleeps in the nearby house. A culmination of bad luck and misunderstanding has seen the Fa'avale family homeless since the start of
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