A Catholic priest has yesterday visited the victim of Sunday’s Lapaha armed robbery attack in Vaiola hospital.
Fr. Leonaitasi Tongia spoke to the woman who was viciously punched until she fell to the floor and became unconscious.
A poignant image captured the moment Fr. Tongia blessed the woman who was known to locals as Malia Siaina or Malia the Chinese.
The priest placed a hand on Malia’s head while blessing her. The photo showed she suffered bruises and injuries to her head and face.
As Kaniva News reported this week, Police have arrested two teenage boys aged 16 and 17 after the 61-year-old was assaulted
Police said the incident happened at around 9pm on Sunday 19.
The intruders knocked on the door and it is believed they told the victim when they were outside they wanted to buy cigarettes, Police said.
Once the door was opened one of them forced his way inside and began attcking the victim At one stage they allegedly hit her head with a rock. They eventually fled with cigarettes, cash and other items, Police said.
Police alleged the teens had been sniffing benzene before they committed the crime.
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