Status of Police investigations unknown
The Police are yet to advise if they have made any arrests in connection to the alleged robbery and assault of a 73-year-old man.
Graham Upton suffered injuries to his head and bruises to his body, as a result of an attack which occurred inside the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) building on January 12 this year.
He was picking up his medication and diverted to meet with a friend at the Alley Café Bar in the ACC building. The attack occurred when he went to use the restroom, which is located outside the café, but within the ACC building.
His son, Anthony Upton, told the Samoa Observer that there has been no update from the Police on the matter. Mr. Upton was discharged from the hospital after a three-week admission, due to the severity of his injuries.
It is alleged the incident occurred when he went to the restroom – where he was struck and fell – and the perpetrators proceeded to kick him and took off with his wallet. He lost $400 cash, credit cards and identification cards.
Attempts by the Samoa Observer to get an update from the Police Commissioner Fuiavaili’ili Egon Kiel and Deputy Commissioner Papalii Monalisa Keti in relation to this case were unsuccessful.
The Upton family reached out to this newspaper, after they inquired with the Police on the status of the investigation. They found out that there was no record of the complaint and it was not listed for follow-up investigation.