Police release names in Vava‘u murder case

Police have released the names of the accused and victim in a murder case in Neiafu, Vava‘u where the victim was axed to death on June 18.

Superintendent Inspector Netane Falakiseni  identified the  accused as 27-year-old Sione Moa of Neiafu.  

The victim was 17-year-old Siale Tafa Vea'ila of 'Otea.

The accused remanded in police custody and is expected to appear at the Vava‘u magistrate court on July 14.

Police responded to a call at 6:00am on June 18 and found Mr Siale Tafa Vea'ila to have died in the scene after he fell down in a vain attempt to take away an axe from Sione Moa.
Sione Moa threatened to kill his own sister with the axe after she arrived home early in the morning.

The accused struck Vea’ila three times on his neck and allegedly killed him immediately.  

Correction: We corrected this article after removing the phrase “her sister” as it was mistakenly used.

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