Teen duo arrested after Lapaha shopkeeper attacked with rock

    Taa'i ha fefine faifakatau Siaina 'i Lapaha 'o tokoto fale mahaki 'i ha tu'unga lavea fakatu'utāmaki. Pea kuo puke ai ha ongo tamaiki mei Lapaha ta'u 16 mo e 17. 'Oku tukuaki'i ne na tukituki ko e taumu'a ke fakatau sikaleti kae 'i hono fakaava mai 'a e matapaa ne na hū fakamālohi ki loto 'o taa'i'aki ai 'a e fefine ni ha fo'i maka ki mu'a pea na hola mo ha pa'anga mo e tapaka pehē ki he ngaahi koloa kehe. Oku tui e kau polisi ko e tokoua hia ko 'eni ne na mihi penisini kimu'a pea na fakahoko 'a e hia.

    Police have arrested two male teenagers aged 16 and 17 after a 61-year-old Chinese woman was rushed to Vaiola hospital last night Sunday 18.

    The victim remains in hospital in critical condition after she was assaulted.

    Police said the teenagers forced their way into the shop in Lapaha after they knocked on the door and it was opened for them at around 9pm.

    They pretended to buy cigarettes, Police said.

    Once inside they allegedly hit the victim’s head with a rock and fled with cigarettes, cash and other items.

    Police alleged the teens had been sniffing benzene before they committed the crime.

    Reports on Facebook last night said locals were surprised when they spotted two Police vans outside the shop.

    They said the woman was known to the locals as Malia Siaina.

    A poster who posted the incident on her Facebook page last night said this afternoon Monday 19 the shop remains closed.

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