Bus driver appears in court for Criminal Mention


Togamataimoana Vaea, the driver of the Laumoso’oi bus that crashed into a Tucson, which led to the death of two elderly men, appeared in the Supreme Court yesterday. 

Supreme Court Justice Fepuleai Ameperosa Roma presided over the criminal mention, where Vaea, who remains in custody, appeared pro-se. 

The Police charged the defendant with 31 counts of driving causing injuries, two charges of motor manslaughter, one of careless driving, driving an unlicensed vehicle, and two of negligent driving causing death.

Prosecutor Lupematasila Iliganoa Atoa requested an adjournment, alleging that this is not the first time the defendant was at the wheel of a bus unfit for public transportation. 

This matter was postponed for a week for the prosecution to finalise its case. Meanwhile, a statement from the Land Transport Authority confirmed the bus in question was unfit for public transportation.