Jury to decide Vaikī Palei's cause of death

Police said the death of a 20-year-old man from Ta’anea and Neiafu, Vava’u, Tonga, whose family suspected fould play was involved in his death, was still under investigation.

Inspector Tu ‘uta ‘Eliesa from Vava’u Police told Kaniva News Vaikī Palei died in hospital on Saturday 4 at around 4am.

We are still piecing together the information and a jury of five will decide the cause of his death, Eliesa said in Tongan.

Police were aware of allegations made on Facebook in relation to how the incident happened but ‘Eliesa said they would release the details  as soon as they become available.

He said the jury, which will involve a member from Palei’s family, a doctor, a town officer, a district officer and a police officer  will meet shortly to decide Palei’s cause of death.

The deceased’s father is from Ta’anea and his mother is from Neiafu, he said.

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