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