Police look for clues linked to Vaiusu stabbing

Police are investigating a stabbing incident in Vaiusu which left a man in his 20s suffering from a severe laceration to his lower abdomen. 

The incident occurred last week and was said to follow a drinking session in one of the village's huts next to the main road. 

Logan Leala told the Samoa Observer, the young man was seen crossing the road and had his hands holding on his stomach. 

“I pulled over my car to find out that he suffered a big cut on his stomach," said Mr. Leala. 

"I saw two other men running from across the street to render assistance. We laid him on the bus stop and called the Police for assistance and to take this young man to the hospital".

Another witness said the young man in question had been seen engaging in a drinking session with other men from the village before a fight broke out. 

Tuvaelagi Milo said the young man was stabbed before the culprits managed to leave the scene of the crime on foot. 

“And that’s when the young man crossed the road,” she said. 

The young man was admitted to the hospital for treatment.

Efforts to get official comments from the Police were unsuccessful, but Police Officers who do not have authority to speak to the media said the matter is being investigated and that statements have been sought from witnesses in the area.

Meanwhile, as of last Friday the Police have arrested 146 people during their ongoing festive season crime crackdown. Offences have included being armed with a dangerous weapon and using insulting language, the Police Commissioner, Fuiavailiili Egon Keil has confirmed. 

The Police's festive season operation started on December 23 last year and ended on January 4. The period has also seen the force respond to an average of more than 70 calls a day for public assistance over the Christmas and New Year periods. 

A total of 18 arrests were made in Savai'i while 128 cases were reported in Upolu, added Fuiavailiili. 

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