Police have appealed for help in identifying two suspects who were allegedly overheard speaking Tongan during a brutal assault at a south Auckland bar.

(NZ) Manukau police have arrested and charged two men after a serious assault that has left a Tongan man in a coma.

The pair were arrested yesterday and will be appearing in the Manukau District Court on 3 December.

A 36-year-old man has been charged with wounding with reckless disregard for the safety of others, and a second man, aged 45, with assault.

As Kaniva news reported last month, the assault was caught on CCTV and was featured on Police Ten 7 programme and has also been uploaded to Facebook video clip.

Police said their first suspect “threw a cowardly punch, instantly knocking out the victim.”

He was then seen walking off down the East Tamaki road, Papatoetoe.

The second suspect saw the victim  on the ground and slapped him on his head while the victim was still unconscious, Police said.

Kaniva news can reveal that the victim’s name was Sioeli ‘Otukolo.

Investigators appealed through Police Ten 7 earlier this month about the incident which happened outside Weighbridge bar in Papatoetoe in the early hours of Sunday, 13 October.

” Information from Police Ten 7 viewers combined with detective work has led to the arrests of two men in relation to an alleged serious assault in Papatoetoe which hospitalised a man with head injuries. “

Police thank Police Ten 7 and the public for their help.  The victim has been advised of the arrests.


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