A 21-year-old man who was involved in a fight following a private party at Vaini died from head injuries at Vaiola Hospital early this morning. Police confirmed that off-duty police officers were present at the party but no one had been charged at this stage of the investigation.
Police and Crime
“Jereve” is the name of a yacht in which a badly decomposed male body was found by divers on November 7, after it ran aground on a reef in Luatafito atoll located 20km from the Vava’u Island Group. Police confirmed the yacht is now a crime scene, is subject to an International Multi-Jurisdictional Law Enforcement operation spanning four countries from the United States, Australia, Cook Islands and Tonga, and including the US Drug Enforcement Agency.
An unidentified body of a European man was found on November 7 by divers who were investigating a yacht that went aground on a reef, in the southern part of the Vava’u Island Group. Tonga Police said they are investigating the unexplained death of the man who appeared to have been dead for quite some time.
A 34-year-old man of Asian origin died in a road accident on By Pass Road in Halaleva this morning, Tuesday November 6, and a driver has been charged with manslaughter by negligence.
A Victim Service Unit to provide a safe place for victims of crimes, to make their complaints and be interviewed by Police Officers, was opened at the Nuku’alofa Central Police Station on November 1.
A 28-year-old man from Fasi was found dead in his bedroom yesterday morning, October 31. Police ruled out any suspicious circumstances while awaiting the results of an inquest to confirm the cause of death.
Six men accused of manslaughter, including five Tongan police officers and one detainee, are expected to appear at the Nuku’alofa Magistrate’s Court this week on Friday, November 2.
The death of a Ha’apai sea cucumber diver this morning was the third death of a fisherman in Tonga in the last six days. The unidentified man is believed to have suffered from decompression after diving for sea cucumbers in Tungua yesterday.
A second drowning death of a fisherman off Tongatapu was reported by the Tonga Police this afternoon. The body of a 22 year old fisherman from Patangata was found on the reef today by other fishermen returning from Pangaimotu Island.
A 25-year-old man had drowned yesterday, Thursday October 25 after his leg apparently got tangled in a nylon line that he used while diving for sea cucumber, on the northern coast of ‘Atata Island.