Young man stabbed in violent attack

By Ilia L. Likou 23 June 2016, 12:00AM

A young man from Aele is fighting for his life at the National Hospital at Moto’otua.

It follows an incident where he was allegedly attacked and stabbed several times. 

The incident was confirmed by the boy’s uncle, Tautea Koyo, who said the victim is in a serious condition.

He told the Samoa Observer that he went with another family member to a shop when another man from their village attacked him. The reason for the attack is not known.

“My nephew was stabbed from the back,” he said. “There are two deep cuts on his head, he was rushed to the hospital where he remains in a critical condition as of today.

“He’s in a serious state now and we’re not so sure what might happen in the next few days.”

Mr. Koyo described the stabbing as "scary" and "horrible.”

“Looking at him all covered with blood on that night was devastating,” he said.

“Our family is gutted. We wouldn’t want anyone else to suffer from such a fate.”

The uncle said the Police are investigating the matter.

“We’re very disappointed. At the same time, we need to forgive the one who did this to my nephew. We also believe that justice will come in God's time.

 “We’ve already reported the matter to the police and all we’re praying now for is our son’s life.”

The young man underwent surgery on Saturday.

“The report from the hospital tells us that he’s in serious condition now… he’s suffering brain damage and internal bleeding.”

It was not possible to get an official comment from the Police or the hospital yesterday.

By Ilia L. Likou 23 June 2016, 12:00AM

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