Woman and her daughters arrested for assault


A woman in her 50’s and her two daughters ages 18 and 22 have been arrested and charged by the Ministry of Police and Prisons for alleged assault and causing injury.

This is in relation to an incident in Alafua where the defendants allegedly assaulted a mother of three in the presence of her daughters.

This was confirmed by Acting Police Commissioner Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo in response to questions from Radio Polynesia.

He said the three women are in the custody of the Police at the moment, awaiting the Court Registrar, who will make the determination whether to release the woman and her daughters pending their appearance in Court to face the criminal charges.

The victim’s photo was posted on social media over the weekend and showed injuries to her face. The post was accompanied by a complaint against the Ministry of Police and Prisons for not responding to the call for assistance on Saturday.

The post on social media was by “Aia Tatau Sa’oloto” indicated the incident occurred on Saturday when the woman was assaulted by her in-laws, but when the Police were called for assistance but they did not respond.

Auapa’au said there is an ongoing investigation into this matter.

“We have zero tolerance for these types of behaviour, the Police should have responded, but again, we are awaiting a full report from the internal investigation, currently underway.”

Adding that this matter is a priority for the Police.

Auapa’au said the Police went to the victim’s house on Sunday and took her to the hospital for a medical check. “The mother and her three daughters are now in the custody of the Samoa Victim Support Group.”

The Acting Police Commissioner declined to comment as to what prompted the assault.