INOKE VALA PEPA : Two policemen accused of assault

Two policemen, Samisoni Taufa and Sosefo Masalu have been accused in a preliminary hearing on June 4,  in connection with the death of Mr. Inoke Vala Pepa on 16 November 2012.

The hearing will return to Lower Court on June 24.

Mr. Pepa (20)  was the subject of a violent assault in his village of Vaini, Tongatapu, Tonga last year and allegedly died immediately after.

The Crown Prosecutor believes Mr Pepa died from head injuries after he was assaulted by the two police officers.    

Three police constables were previous arrested and accused for Mr Pepa’s death but one of them, constable Halafe’iloaki Pule’anga was acquitted before they appeared in court on January as police could not find enough evidence for his involvement


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