Justice Tafaoimalo jails ACEO for drug and gun possession

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Suspended Assistant Electoral Commissioner, Afualo Darryl Mapu has been sentenced to one year and six months in jail. This is in relation to drug charges he faced following a police raid at his residence in Nu’u last year. 

Sentencing was handed down by Supreme Court Justice, Tafaoimalo Tologata Leilani Tuala-Warren yesterday. 

She pointed to the evidence from a police raid in December last year police found 2 glass pipes, one 9mm pistol, a 22 pistol semiautomatic, a 357 magnum revolver, and live ammunition. 

The police also found five baggies containing methamphetamine inside the defendant’s shorts and the quantity was 1.6 grams, which her honours stated is not a “significant amount”. 

However, she pointed out that the increasing prevalence of hard drugs in the country and their impact on society cannot be understated. 

Her honors found it aggravating that a Senior public servant has a legitimate expectation that public servants should not be involved in drugs and firearms. 

Tafaoimalo pointed out deterrence is of paramount importance in this case, to deter the accused from future involvement in drug offending and to deter other persons from committing a similar offense. 

“For possession of utensils namely two glass pipes the defendant is sentenced to five months; for possession of unlawful weapons namely one 9mm pistol, one 22 pistol semi-automatic, and one 357 magnum pistol revolver he is convicted and sentenced to 9 months imprisonment to be served concurrently.

“For possession of unregistered, fire armed namely 12 glasses shotgun break single action barrel and one 22 rifles, and semi-automatic sentenced to 3 months imprisonment to be served concurrently.

“For possession of unlawful ammunition namely twenty-three live rounds 9mm, he is convicted and sentenced to 9 months imprisonment to be served concurrently.

“Finally for possession of ammunition without permit namely four 22 live rounds caliber without a permit, he is convicted and sentenced to 3 months imprisonment to be served concurrently. Any time spent in custody is to be deducted.”