Teenager killed in Hala'ovave can now be named

A 19-year-old male teenager from Ha’afeva  who was killed in Hala’ovave last week can now be named as Feleti Veikoso. The man accused for the killing is Paea Winston Helu, 32, from Hala'ovave.

Both the accused and victim were named when the accused appeared briefly at the Magistrate court in Nuku’alofa, Tuesday 20. 

Helu remains in police custody and is expected to reappear at the Magistrate Court, Monday June 23.

According to police, Helu admitted he assaulted the deceased after he found him in his car in front of the ‘Uliti Uata Building. He suspected the victim tried to rob his car and to steal his car radio.

He finally dumped Veikoso  at the Hala'ovave primary school compound before disappearing.

Police were called to the scene at 3:00am on Sunday and took the victim to Vaiola Hospital.

He was in critical condition and died shortly in hospital.

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