Four men face murder charges over car boot death
Four men from Lauli’i have been charged with murder in connection with the death of a man who died in the boot of a car last week.
This was confirmed by Police Superintendent, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo.
“The men are each facing murder charges and will appear in court on 30 April, 2018,” he said.
Auapaau said he could not reveal the identities of the men but they will be make known when they appear before the Court.
Police sources told the Samoa Observer that the death involves a man in his 40’s who caught a taxi to Lauli’i.
“When the taxi arrived in Lauli’i, the passenger took off running without paying his taxi fare. Bystanders in the village went after him and brought him back to the taxi.
“The man was placed in the trunk of the taxi, and the taxi driver drove to the Police station to report the passenger for not paying his fare.
“However upon arrival at the Police station, the man was found dead in the trunk of the taxi.”
The deceased is from Fusi Safata. He was visiting his sister who lives at Lauli’i.
Auapa’au also confirmed that a 51-year-old man of Vaitele has been criminally charged with murder.
According to Police sources the deceased a 44-year-old man of Vaitele fou was in a drinking session with another man.
“Around 2am, the 44-year-old man started to make unreasonable noises and it’s alleged the suspect got into his car and ran over the victim.
“He died due to the severity of the injuries he sustained.”