Viliami Kulu (53), from Longolongo is recovering at Vaiola Hospital after an emergency operation to remove a bullet from his left thigh, following an armed hold-up at the Asco Petrol Station on Fatafehi Road, Kolofo’ou, Nuku’alofa on January 6, when he said he was shot from behind.
Police and Crime
Shots fired during an armed robbery at a Nuku’alofa petrol station on Friday night injured a petrol station supervisor in the leg, police have reported.
Prison wardens recaptured two prison escapees early this morning on the Hihifo Road near Puke in Tongatapu, after a 43 day manhunt.
10-year-old boy died on Friday afternoon, November 11 after drowning at an inland lagoon known as Vai Salisali, at Sopu, according to the Tonga Police.
Three young men died in Tongatapu between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, including two in a fatal road accident that brought Tonga’s road toll to 12 for the year 2011 twice as many as in 2010.
A Colombian-led crime syndicate is the second international crime group to have set up in Tonga during the past 18 months, in what the Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday, December 17, reported has been a trend for organized criminals to use nations with weak institutions and corruption.
Tonga Police have selected 33 new recruits from 163 Form 6 graduates who applied to the Tonga Police recruitment course this year.
A diver from Tungua who died from decompression on Friday, December 9, was the second fatality this year from the use of prohibited diving equipment. Two Asian men were charged with two counts each of illegal harvesting of sea cucumbers off-season and using illegal equipment, following the incident.
A new Tonga Police Community Post was opened at the Fakafanua Centre in Ma’ufanga this morning, 28 November, making it the sixth post in Tongatapu under the Tonga Police Community Policing Strategy, aimed at ensuring a safer community through the police working closely together with the members of the community to crack down on crimes.
A fatal accident at Pea on Saturday has claimed a third victim. The driver of the car, who had been in a critical condition at Vaiola Hospital, died on Sunday, October 30.