CID detectives investigate two possible homicides in past week

Both incidents connected to drinking sessions

Commander Lavata’i Ta’ase Sagapolutele and his Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division at the Department of Public Safety are investigating two possible homicide cases, one which occurred last week in Afono, and the latest in Fagatogo, Saturday evening.

According to the Commissioner of Public Safety, the case in Fagatogo came to light when neighbors found the dead body in the house and reported it to police Saturday evening.

Fagatogo residents told Samoa News the young man had been in a drinking session earlier in the night and there had been a fight, but the young man who was injured did not seek medical attention, rather he went straight home to sleep. Samoa News understands that when the neighbor found the victim, there were injuries on his body.

No arrest has been made in the Fagatogo case.

However, in another incident which led to the death of an Afono man last week, the accused has landed in the Tafuna Correctional Facility without bail, on allegations he struck another Afono man with a rock, and the victim later died as a result. The accused — Eliki Naiuli, an employee of the Fono — is scheduled to appear before District Court today, to see if the government has filed felony charges in the case.

Witnesses told Samoa News the victim, who is in his 40’s left behind a a wife and minor children and he’s the breadwinner of the family.

One man told Samoa News the incident stemmed from a drinking session, and when a fight broke out, the victim, who had just finished cleaning the church with his wife, intervened to stop the fight. It is alleged the defendant struck the victim on his head with a rock during the intervention. The victim was transported to the hospital where he later died.


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