MEDIA RELEASE 22nd JULY, 2014

Three men charged with murder

          Police Investigators from Mu’a Community Police Station have arrested and charged three men between the age of 18 and 25 with Murder in relation to an incident that occurs on Tuesday morning 22nd July, at Afa which resulted in the death of a 49 year old man from Afa.

          Police Investigators reports that the deceased was on his way home from a Kava Club at around 1:10 am when he allegedly got into an argument with the 3 suspects who were drinking alcohol. They got into a disagreement and a fight broke out.

          He was taken to the Hospital but died along the way.

          Police Investigation continues while awaiting results of the Post Mortem to determine the cause of death.

          The 3 suspects are remanded in Police Custody until they appear at the Mu’a Magistrate Court on the 16th of August, 2014.

 

Grant O’Fee

Commissioner of Tonga Police

 

 

Our Mission is to earn the trust and confidence of the people of Tonga through our service to the community by Doing what is right, just, and honest, Upholding the rule of law and human rights, Loyalty to our King, our nation and the people, Being guardians of the community, Respecting and considering the opinions of others and Belonging to the people, the land, and the nation.

MEDIA RELEASE 11th March, 2014

 

Crime Statistics for the Month of February

 

Year

Jan

Feb

%

2013

271

213

-27%

2014

234

247

6%

 

Most Reported Offences

 

Offences

Jan-2014

Feb-2014

%

Assault

65

56

-16%

Housebreaking

43

53

23%

Theft

60

68

13%

 

 

Homicide at Halaleva

 

Police continues to Investigate the death of 31 years old Dao Zin He a Chinese National who died at the Hospital on the 21st February, 2014 after he was found unconscious inside his shop located in Halaleva along the By-Pass Road.

 

In the meantime no arrests have been made but information and description of two male persons who are of interest to the Police in relation to this Incident have been released.

 

The first Person of Interest is a male who is believed to be in his 30s or 40s, has a tattoo and was wearing a blue T-Shirt with a picture of the Cartoon Character Mickey Mouse on the front and was believed to be seen around the Area of Interest.

The other Person of Interest is believed to be in his 20s or 30s and was wearing a black short sleeve T-Shirt and was also seen around the Area of Interest.

 

The body of the deceased is still at the Nuku’alofa Morgue.

 

Manslaughter by Negligence

 

           Police have arrested and charged a 45 year- old male from Manuka with Manslaughter by Negligence in relation to the death of a 45 year-old male from Navutoka on the 5th of March, 2014 as a result of ‘Hookah Diving’ at Kelefesia Island.

 

            There is rising concerned for the safety of the Public and Police would like to warn and remind everyone that this practice is illegal and also dangerous and have caused a number of deaths in the Country for the last few years.

 

            ‘Hookah Diving involves an engine on a boat pumping compressed air to a diver below.

 

Rape

 

            A 44 years old man from Hofoa was arrested and charged with Rape of a 17 year-old teenage girl on the 8th February, 2014.

 

            This incident is alleged to have happened at Hofoa while the 17 year-old teenagers were staying with the accused and his wife.

 

            The accused is remanded in Custody to appear at the Magistrate Court this week.

 

            Police continues to investigate this case.

 

Collision at Nafanua Wharf

 

A 40 year-old man Petelo Halangahu of Angaha died after two fishing boats collided in the Nafanua harbor in 'Eua on Thursday 5th March, 2014.

One of the small fishing boat that was ferrying people from one of His Majesty’s Armed Forces Naval Ship that was transporting a Funeral to ‘Eua, crashed into the small fishing boat that the deceased was a passenger of and he fell overboard with one other passenger.

 

Both passengers were rescued and taken to the Niu’ui Hospital where Halangahu was pronounced dead by the Doctor.

 

            Police continues to investigate this Incident.

 

 

Grant O’Fee

Commissioner of Police

 

 

 

 

 

MEDIA RELEASE 21st March, 2014

 

Counterfeit Currency

 

Tonga Police Serious Crimes Unit arrests and charged a 42 years-old man from Halaleva yesterday morning 19th March, with Making Counterfeit Currency.

 

They also seized $10 Counterfeit Currency that amounted to $150 in total and a color printer that the accused allegedly used to print out the Counterfeit Currency.

 

The accused is remanded in custody to appear at the Magistrate Court.

 

Tonga Police believes that Counterfeit currency is currently in circulation and is warning members of the Public to be aware of it and to check all pa’anga Notes before accepting them.

 

To identify genuine pa’anga notes and counterfeits the National Reserve Bank of Tonga have prepared a pamphlet outlining security features to assist the public in identifying genuine pa’anga notes and Counterfeits.

 

Tonga Police Serious Crimes Unit continues to investigate this matter.

 

 

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MEDIA RELEASE 25th FEBRUARY, 2014

 

Two arrests for Murder

 

Police have arrested and charged two male suspects with Murder in relation to the death of a 44 years old Chinese male who was found dead at his electrical workshop on the One Way Road at Kolofo’ou around on 15th June 2012

 

Police arrested a 28 years old Tongan male on Monday 24th and he is remanded in custody to the 11th of March, 2014. They made the second arrests this morning Tuesday 25th of a 33 years old Chinese male and he is also remanded in custody until 11th June 2014.

 

The Criminal Investigation continues.

 

Homicide at Halaleva

 

            Police now confirmed the name of the deceased who died Friday 21 February, 2014 at Vaiola Hospital as 31 years old male Dao Zin He, a Chinese National.

 

He was taken to the Hospital after he was found unconscious at his shop located in Halaleva along the By-Pass Road on Thursday 20th February, 2014 at around 11:30 hrs.

 

An autopsy has been completed and Police are awaiting report while they are still examining other evidence.

 

No arrest has been made in relation to this incident but Police is interest on any information from anyone who saw anything or was at this area at the material time.

 

The Criminal Investigation continues.

 

 Viliami ‘Unga Fa’aoa

Acting Police Commissioner

 

MEDIA RELEASE 20th February 2014

 

Parents charged with Manslaughter by Negligence

 

            Police arrests and charged with Manslaughter by Negligence the parents of a six-month-old baby boy from Fangaloto after the baby passed away at their home from dehydration as a result of severe diarrhea and vomiting.

 

          It is alleged that the six-month-old baby boy fell sick on Thursday 30th January, 2014. The baby was taken by the accused to Vaiola Hospital on Sunday 2nd February, 2014 but he was already dead.

 

          Both Mother (28) and Father (32) were arrested on Tuesday 18th February, 2014 and are remanded in custody to appear at the Nuku’alofa Magistrate Court on the 24th February, 2014.

 

          This is the first time for a case of this nature where both parents are accused and charged for not providing “Necessaries of health and life.”

 

'Unga Fa'aoa

Acting Commissioner of Police