Suspect named Hafoka appears in court accused of killing soldier

In the picture: Finau’s coffin is surrounded by his comrades led by the Commander of His Majesty’s Armed Forces and attended by Prince Tu’ipelehake. Photo/Lilika Sailosi

A suspect named Tēvita Halelima Hafoka, 25, from Kolofoʻou appeared in court yesterday Monday 20 – accused of murdering a soldier at His Majesty’s Armed Forces on July 11.

Sioeli Hangcer Finau, 24, died in Vaiola Hospital in what a medical examiner concluded as a result of stab wounds.

Tonga Police said they had seized a knife and were not looking for anyone else in connection with Finau’s death.

Fīnau’s family described him on social media as a ‘role model’ and said he worked hard to put food on his siblings’ table.

It has been revealed his mother from ʻUtulau and father from Pelehake were both died few years ago.

His alleged murderer  is expected to reappear at the magistrate court on Monday, 24 August.

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  1. Naʻe hā ʻi he fakamaauʻanga polisí ʻaneafi ha tokotaha ko Tēvita Halelima Hafoka taʻu 25 mei Kolofoʻou ki hono tukuakiʻi ki he pekia ʻa e sōtia ko Sioeli ʻAholelei Finau taʻu 24 mei Pelehake mo ʻUtulaú.

    Naʻe hoko ʻa e fakatamakí ni ʻi he ʻaho 11 ʻo Siulai ní.

    Naʻe puke ʻe he kau polisi ha hele ʻi he taimi ne nau ngāue atu ai ki he keisi ko ʻení pea kuo nau fakahā foki ʻoku ʻikai ha toe taha kehe te nau fekumi ki ai fekauʻaki mo e pekia ʻa ʻAholeleí.

    ʻOku kei tauhi ʻe he kau polisí ʻa Hafoka ke toe hā ʻi he fakamaauʻanga ʻi he ʻaho 24 ʻo ʻAokosí.

    Kuo fakamatalaʻi foki ʻe he fāmili ʻo Fīnau ia ʻi he mītia fakasōsialé ʻo pehē ko e tangata faʻitaʻitakiʻanga peá ne ngāue mālohi ke tauhi hono fanga tokoua mo tuofāfine.

    Kuo fakaʻasi hake foki ne ʻosi mālōlō pe ki muʻa ʻene faʻeé ʻa ia ko e fefine mei ʻUtulau pea pehē ki heʻene tamaí ko e tangata ʻo Pelehake.

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