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Three Chinese attacked in Salelologa shop incident

Three Chinese nationals were seriously injured during an incident where they were attacked by a man who allegedly stole alcohol from their Salelologa Savai'i store.

Deputy Commissioner of Police, Papali’i Monalisa Keti, confirmed the incident.

She said it happened last week and the suspect has been apprehended by Police. 

“Police have arrested and charged a male from Salelologa for robbery and causing serious injuries,” Papali’i said, in response to queries from the Samoa Observer. 

“He has been remanded in custody to appear before [the] Supreme Court on 2nd March 2020.”

Papali’i did not disclose the details of the offending only to say that the “attacker(s) were [allegedly] under the influence of alcohol”. 

A police source who was not authorised to speak to the media said the Chinese nationals operated a shop in the village of Salelologa. 

The source said the men were allegedly drinking and they were suspected of taking alcohol from the shop without paying for it. 

“That led to the Chinese being attacked and sustaining serious injuries from it,” the source said. 

This is not the first attack on Chinese nationals in Samoa.

In October last year, a Chinese was murdered at Vaitele with another sustaining injuries after four men allegedly robbed the company’s warehouse. 

The young men who denied the offending have been kept in custody until their hearing in April this year. 

Another Chinese family in Vailoa were subject to a cruel attack from escaped prisoners Aniseko Vaelei and Pati Chong Nee during an aggravated robbery in February last year. 

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