Police believed that a man found hanging himself from an Ovava tree in Matamaka, Vava’u on Monday, September 2 was committing suicide.
22 year old Siosaia ‘Atu ‘Ala of Ta’anea, Vava’u was found hanged to a branch of the tree with a kafa kulasi ( sennit made from wools). The ovava tree is located at the beach of Matamaka just outside a church building.
The Vava’u Police Inspector, Netane Falakiseni told Kaniva News the victim is from the village of Ta’anea but recently moved to Matamaka because his sister is married to a man from the island.
“What we have so far is we suspected that a girl has been one of the motives for ‘Ala’s suicide. They were not boyfriend and girlfriend but apparently the victim was madly in love with the girl. He tried on a number of occasions to approach her but the girl repeatedly rejected him,” Falakiseni said.
Police would not release the girl’s name and said their investigation continues.
Last month a teenager fatally shot himself in Tu’anekivale, Vava’u in an incident police reported as a suicide committed because the victim had a falling out with his girlfriend. The victim and the girlfriend were both students at high schools.