Four charged over deadly beating in Savai'i

A father of six was pelted with stones, before allegedly being beaten to death by a gang of four men during the weekend, at Samalaeulu, Savai'i.

The Commissioner of Police, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil, confirmed the incident in response to questions from the Samoa Observer.

He said the four men from the same village were arrested have been charged.

Police Superintendent, Sala’a Sale Sala’a, overseeing the Police outposts in Savai’i, told the Samoa Observer the men, who are in their 20's, have already been transferred from Savai’i

"The deceased’s vehicle was passing by and was allegedly stoned by the suspects," he said.

"As the victim was exiting the car, a rock struck his head and they continued to beat him while he was unconscious and lifeless on the ground."

Police was unclear as to what provoked the attack on the deceased. 

“Alcohol was major factor in this matter as the four men were under the influence of alcohol. As well as the deceased."

The men were transferred from the Police post in Savai'i and are now held in custody in Tafa’igata.

They will appear in court next month, Sala’a said. 

If convicted, the men will serve life imprisonment and will be eligible for parole after serving 10 years in jail. 

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