Hospitalised: 12 year old abducted and horrifically beaten at Muitoa village

A 12-year-old boy was hospitalised in Ha’apai after he was allegedly abducted yesterday  (August 29) by two men in their 20s and horrifically beaten with a machete and a piece of timber.

The boy was attacked in bush near the village of Muitoa, at Kauvai Island in Ha’apai.

Photos obtained by Kaniva News show the boy’s buttocks and upper part of his legs covered in swelling and bruising.

However, despite the beating, his mother has not decided whether to prosecute his attackers.

Talaiasi Tau’ataina Latu was taken to hospital and was released last night with a medical report to be taken to Police.

A copy of the medical report on the Ministry of Health letterhead was sent to us by the victim’s mother Lesieli Latu.

The letter says Talaiasi Latu was admitted to hospital on August 29.

Lesieli said she had considered not taking actions against the alleged abductors because they know each other and she also considered the way they lived as villagers in the island.

Senior Constable Lucy Tukuafu from Ha’apai Police Community Services said they had not received or heard about the incident.

“I will look at it and if you have further information please contact me,” Tukuafu told us.

According to Lesieli, the medical officer who attended Talaiasi at Niu’ui Hospital claimed parts of the boy’s flesh where he had been hit were smashed.

Alleged abduction

The mother said the men met Talaisi on his way home on the road.

They allegedly forced him into nearby bush where one man beat him with the machete and the piece of timber while the other man held his hands and mouth so that no one could hear him crying.

Lesieli said the duo claimed they beat her son because they found him smoking.

She said after the beating she saw her son limping on his way home. She said she could tell by the way he was limping that something terribly wrong with him.

When Talaiasi arrived he told his mother the tragedy he came through.

She said his son was taken to the local nurse on the island.

“She advised us to take him to hospital otherwise the injuries would become aching and the child could suffer convulsion as he was too young to receive such horrific beatings,” Lesieli said

She said they hired a dinghy to take her son to Pangai on the main island of Lifuka where the hospital Niu’ui is.

“It may have been better that they killed him rather than torturing him like that,” she said.

Lesieli said when she saw her son’s condition she determined she would definitely take legal action against the two men.

However, she said she had second thoughts when she considered how they lived and helped each other in the village.

She said she had yet to make a decision about whether or not she would talk to Police about the two men.

Kaniva News has sent photos of the incident to the Police Commissioner, Steve Caldwell and requested that he comments on the matter.  We are still waiting for his response.

Violence against children is not uncommon in Tonga. Earlier this week we reported on an attack on a young girl and in 2013 the media reported on the beating of a group of teenagers.

The main points

  • A 12-year-old boy was hospitalised in Ha’apai after he was allegedly abducted yesterday (August 29) by two men in their 20s and horrifically beaten with a machete and a piece of timber.
  • The boy was attacked in bush neat the village of Muitoa, at Kauvai Island in Ha’apai.
  • Photos obtained by Kaniva News show the boy’s buttock and upper part of his legs covered in swelling and bruising.
  • However, despite the beating, his mother has not decided whether to prosecute his attackers.

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  1. Na’e ‘ave ki fale mahaki ha tamasi’i ta’u 12 ‘i Ha’apai hili ia ha pehē ne puke fakamālohiʻi ia ʻaneafi ʻAokosi ʻaho 29 ʻe ha ongo tangata ʻe toko ua ʻi hona taʻu uofulu tupú ʻo tā laiki ʻaki ha helepelu mo ha konga papa.

    Ne ʻohofi ʻa e tamasiʻí ʻi ha konga vao ofi atu pe ki he kolo koi a ko Muitoa ʻi he vāhenga Kauvaí ʻi Haʻapai.
    Ne maʻu ʻe he Kanivá ha ngaahi ʻata ʻoku ʻasi ai e takaʻuli ʻa e molū mo e konga ki ʻolunga e alanga ʻo e tamasiʻí ni pehē ki ha ngaahi pupula foki.
    Kaekehe, neongo ʻa e taá ʻoku teʻeki fakakaukauʻi ʻe heʻene faʻeé pe ʻe fai hano fakaʻilo ʻo e toko ua ko ʻeni ne nau fai ʻa e ʻohofí pe ʻikai.
    Naʻe ʻave ʻa Talaiasi Tauʻatāina Lātū ki fale mahaki ʻanepō pea fakaʻatā pe ke foki ki ʻapi mo ha lipooti ke ʻave ki he kau Polisí.

    Ne ʻomai foki kia kimautolu ʻe he faʻē ʻa Talaiasí, Lesieli Lātū ʻa e tatau ʻo e līpooti ko ia ki he kau Polisí ʻa ia ne ʻasi ne fai e tohi ni he letaheti ʻa e Potungāue Moʻuí

    ʻOku ʻasi he tohí ne ʻi fale mahaki ʻa Talaiasi ʻi he ʻaho 29 ʻo ʻAokosí.

    Ne pehē ʻe Lesielí ʻokú ne lolotonga fakakaukauʻi ke ʻoua ʻe fai ha ngāue fakalao ki he ongo ua ko ʻeni kuo tukuakiʻi ne na fai hono fakamālohiʻi ʻene tamá koeʻuhī pe ko e anga ʻenau nofo ʻi he motú.

    Ne pehē foki ʻe he ʻŌfisa Konisitapele Māʻolunga mei he Potungaue Polisi Haʻapaí, Lucy Tukuatu ʻoku teʻeki ke nau maʻu ha lāunga pe fanongo he meʻa ko ʻeni kuo lau ne hokó.

    Ne ne pehē te ne ngāue ki ai ka ʻo ka ʻi ai ha toe fakamatala tem au maʻu pea fetuʻutaki ange.

    Fakatatau ki he lau ʻa Lesielí ne pehē ʻe he ʻōfisa moʻui ne ngāue ki hono ʻoatu ʻo Talaiasí ʻoku havehave e konga e kanomaté ne tau ai e taá.

    Pehē ʻe he faʻē ko ʻení ne fetaulaki ʻa e ongo tangatá mo Talaiasi ʻi heʻene fononga ange ki ʻapí.

    Ne na puke ia ʻo ʻave fakamālohiʻi ki ha vao ofi mai ʻi Muitoa ʻo puke ʻe he toko taha hono nimá mo hono ngutu ke ʻoua toe ongo haʻane tangí kae tā e he toko taha ia ʻaki ʻe helepelú mo e vaʻa papa.

    Pehē ʻe Lesielí kuo pehē ʻe he toko uá ni ne na maʻu atu ʻa Talaiasi ʻokú ne ifi tapaka pea ko e tupuʻanga ia ʻena taá.

    Ne ne pehē ne hili e taá ne ne sio atu ki he foki ange ʻa Talaiasí ʻoku ketu mamahi ange ki ʻapi.

    Ne ne pehē ne lava pe ke ne tala he anga ʻene ketu mamahí ne i ai e meʻa kovi ne hoko kiate ia.

    Ne aʻu atu pe ʻa Talaiasi ʻo fakamatala ki he eʻne faʻeé ʻa e me ʻa ne hoko kiate ia.

    Ne ne pehē ne ʻave hono fohá ki he neesi fakakolo pe he motú.

    Ka ne faleʻi ia ʻe he nēsí ke ʻave tamasiʻi ki Fale Mahaki naʻa langa pea hamu e ngaahi kafó he ʻoku fuu kei siʻisiʻi ke ne aʻusia ha tā vale pehē.

    Ne ne pehē ne nau haea leva ha vaka ʻo nau ʻalu hifo ai ki Pangai ke ʻave ʻa Talaiasi ki fale mahaki.
    Pehē ʻe Lesielí ne mei sai ange ke na tamateʻi ʻene tamá hono fuʻu tā fakamamahiʻi peheé.

    ʻI heʻene ʻuluaki sio pe ki he meʻa ne hokó ko e meʻa pe ne haʻu ki heʻene fakakaukaú ko hono fakaʻilo ʻo e toko ua ko ʻení.

    Neongo ia ne toe fakakaukau tuʻoua pe ko e sio ki he anga ʻenau nofó mo ʻenau fetokoniʻaki he motú.
    Ne ne pehē ʻoku teʻeki mahino haʻane tuʻutuʻuni ki he meʻa ʻe fai pe ʻe talanoa ki he kau Polisí kau ki he ongo tangatá pe ʻikai.

    Kuo hanga ʻe he Kaniva ʻo lī ʻa e ʻū ʻata ko ʻeni ʻo Talaiasí ki he Polisi Komisiana ke ne vakai ki ai mo kole ke ʻomai foki haʻane fakamatala. ʻOku mau kei tatali pe ki haʻane tali mai.

    ʻOku ʻikai foʻou hono tā fakamamahiʻi e fānaú ʻi Tonga. ʻI he konga muʻa ʻo e uike kuo ʻosí ne mau līpooti atu ai ha ʻohofi mo tā ʻo ha kiʻi taʻahine taʻu 5 pea ʻi he 2013 ne līpooti ai ʻe he mītiá hano tā ʻo ha fānau ako.

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