Victory Lesa

Samoa registrar found not guilty of courthouse firearm theft

Two further charges of possession of an illegal firearm against the accused were dismissed by the court.

The prosecution withdrew the charges during a final submission following a one day trial last month.

The weapon, an assault rifle, had gone missing from the exhibit room sometime between 2013 and 2015.

The police say the rifle was found in a man's vehicle during a raid in 2016.

The man, Lonino Aumua Brown, had told the court the weapon was sold to him by Mr Lesa.