Police investigate Vaiusu man's death

Police are investigating the beating of a 20-year-old man who later died in hospital.

Penitito Toma, of Vaiusu, died on Sunday night at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at Moto'otua. 

Commissioner of Police, Fuiavaili'ili Egon Keil, told the Samoa Observer that the deceased was beaten in his village in the early hours of Saturday morning and later taken to the hospital.

He said alcohol is involved.

The deceased was staying with his mother’s brother, Asiotu Mamoe, and his family after his mother had a stroke. 

Speaking to this newspaper, Mr. Mamoe said the Police visited his house at around 11.00pm on Saturday night to report the incident.

Mr. Mamoe said his nephew, whom he described as his ‘son’, was obedient and attended church regularly.

“He used to live with our pastor in his house and always loves going to the youth group and practices, though we’ve heard that alcohol was involved," he said.

The deceased was unemployed and not in school, opting to help his family as he could not finish his education.

But his sudden passing has not gone down well with his family, who are awaiting the outcome of the Police’s investigations, and want justice to take its course.

Mr. Mamoe said: "We cannot wait to hear about what happened, but we dearly miss him and no family shouldn’t want justice for their family members when something like this happens.”

A former student of the Saint Joseph College, the deceased is a member of the Catholic Church in Vaiusu.

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