Father threatens “Samoan justice” over son's murder
The father of a man shot dead during a Mongrel Mob dispute in New Zealand is doubling up on counseling sessions to try control his fury over the murder.
The last contact Iafeta Matalasi had with his 25-year-old son Alonsio was a text message at 10pm on Thursday, August 22, inviting him to his grandson's first birthday two days later.
Thirty minutes later, the youngest of his four sons was shot and killed while trying to help his Petone Mongrel Mob friends, during a stoush with Mongrel Mob members from a rival chapter.
"My whole being is consumed with fury - it's not just anger, it's fury. My son didn't die, he was murdered. I am angry that somebody decided to play God and take my son from me.
"I cry every day. I cry because I am angry, I cry because I miss him . . . and I cry for my grandchildren. I've got a one-year-old and I've got a three-week-old now - my son was denied the opportunity to enjoy his babies."
Three weeks after his death, Sio Matalasi's second child was born.
On August 22, members of the Mongrel Mob Rogue chapter from Porirua drove out to "tax" a member of the Petone chapter, before events spiralled out of control, leaving Mr Matalasi - who was not a gang member - dead.
This week, police criticised six Petone Mongrel Mob members for being "too scared" to give evidence against their Rogue counterparts.
The police criticism followed an open letter to the community, signed by Sio Matalasi's fiancee Maiana Kerehoma, calling for those involved to speak up.
Sio Matalasi's step-mother May Barnard said the gangsters needed to show some loyalty, like her stepson did the night he died.
"He defended them and they can't stand up and do the right thing for him.
"That's my son dead because of them." She wanted to know exactly what happened the night of the shooting.
But her partner said he didn't need details, he just wanted justice - at whatever cost.
He has vowed vigilante "Samoan justice" from his family if the courts were unable to convict whoever killed his son.
"I am angry in the extreme. My whole family is angry . . . and they are baying for blood, crying out for blood. The anger is not going to go anywhere.
"If [his killer or killers] walk, we have our system of dealing with this . . . and then maybe some justice will be done. That's Samoan justice - you don't want to know about it."
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