Media banned from manslaughter case

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APIA: THURSDAY 24 JANUARY 2014: The media has been banned from covering a manslaughter case in the Supreme Court.

It follows a meeting in chambers between the Judge and the lawyers for both parties.

An application to ban the media was made by defence counsel, Leiataua Daryl Clarke.

Prosecutor Leone Su’a of the Attorney General’s Office relayed to the media this afternoon the outcome of the in chamber meeting.

Asked why the case was treated differently from other cases, Su’a said, “I cannot comment further but the Attorney General will be in touch with you.”

Defendant Leslie Kolhase will next appear before the court next Monday. Kolhase has yet to enter a plea.

The court has yet to issue an order on the ban.

Editor of the Inini Samoa newspaper, Tofilau Merita Huch, said the defense wrote them to stop publishing stories about the matter.

Kolhase was charged after a traffic accident in which the vehicle she drove rolled killing two young men.