Police probe fatal fight

By Pai Mulitalo Ale ,

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The Police are investigating the death of a young man from Taufusi who was reportedly stabbed senseless after a night out in town turned out terribly wrong.

A Police Officer who spoke to the Weekend Observer on the condition of anonymity yesterday confirmed the incident, saying it happened last Friday.

All public servants were on a commissioned holiday for the Independence Day celebrations and it was not possible to obtain an official comment from the Police Spokesperson, Maotaoalii Kaioneta Kitiona.

But the Police source said the deceased man was beaten by three young men who have since been arrested and are held in custody awaiting their day in Court.

“The investigation is underway,” the Weekend Observer was told. “The investigation is looking at the possibility of other people being involved. 

From what the Police have found out so far, the Taufusi man had gone into a local nightclub where a dispute started.

Booted from the nightclub, the men continued the fight onto the road where the deceased man was allegedly stabbed several times.

 “The deceased man reached the hospital but he died right away because of the serious injuries he received from the incident,” said the source. “He was beaten quite badly and he was stabbed several times. He had lost a lot of blood. His family is devastated.”

The death last Friday is the second such serious incident reported to have started from a nightclub.

Earlier this year, two young Samoan men, Barry Mafi and Ashley Wilson, were jailed for four years for beating a Fijian student and leaving him lying unconscious after a fight outside a local nightclub.

According to the Police Summary of Facts, the victim went out with his friends at a nightclub in Apia on the night in question. When the victim came outside, Wilson and Mafi started exchanging words with him and the victim ended up being punched on the mouth.

The Fijian student went back inside the night club and around midnight, he and his friends walked outside and were about to go home.

Wilson and Mafi together with their friends then again attacked him and his friends.  The victim’s friends managed to escape but the victim was caught up by the accused and he was brutally beaten.

The accused did not stop until they saw that the victim was unconscious which was when they ran away.

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