A Chinese businessman, Kuan Hui San, is recovering at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital after two men broke into his home at Vaitele and attacked him on Sunday night.
Mr. San told Samoa Observer he is shocked by what had happened and is constantly having nightmares about it. He did not wish to discuss the details.
A friend who was accompanying him at the hospital said the incident happened at midnight.
“He said that he was attacked from the back by two men. One other was using the knife to hit his head and the other one was punching him as he was trying to fight back for life.”
The man said they suspect that one of the alleged attackers was Lauitiiti Tualima, a notorious prisoner who escaped from Tafaigata Prison on Sunday. He has since been caught and taken back to prison.
But Mr. San’s friend said the Chinese businessman is lucky to be alive.
“When he fell down, several blows from the knife landed on his face while he was trying to cover his face with his hands,” he said.
“While he was lying on the ground, the pair continued to punch him in the face. They bruised his arms and head causing serious injuries to his eye, cheek and body.
“He was unable to move after the attack. What’s worse is that the pair tied him up and left… his wife found him later and took him straight to the hospital.”
Mr. San’s friend, said that he was very disappointed.
"It shocking that the most dangerous prisoner in the country escaped several times right in front of their (Prison guards) faces," he said.
“They should use a different cell to lock him up…and guards at Tafa’igata Prison, please have some sense that you’re not there to sleep-walk and do your job.
“We all need a peaceful country to live in and please, please lock those criminals away. We need to work together to protect our families from time to time.
The Ministry of Police spokesperson, Su’a Muliaga Tiumalu confirmed that Lauitiiti Tualima has now been charged over the attack.
Tualima ran away from Tafa’igata Prison last Sunday and he’s now under police custody after he was found again yesterday.