Don't share morbid photos: Police
Members of the public have been urged to refrain from sharing obscene images online of a domestic violence incident in which two were killed at Malifa.
A woman and a man were reported dead on Saturday at the Maroon Gas Station in Malifa; a man is suspected of murdering a woman and later burning the gas station in a domestic incident. The body of the man was later discovered in a church compound next door.
In a notice posted by the Ministry of Police on Facebook, the general public were urged to respect grieving families.
“Upon order of the Coroner, S.P.S. (Samoa Police Service) wishes to advise the general public to refrain from posting and sharing these insensitive images online,” the statement said.
“S.P.S. will, if necessary, pursue criminal prosecution against any person who posts or shares insensitive images of this incident for hindering [...] coronial enquiries.”
When news of the incident broke on Saturday afternoon, videos of the event unfolding were widely circulated on social media.
One video showed the deceased woman being filmed as she lay motionless on the ground.
The same video showed the woman’s dead body being driven away from the scene while the gas station was going up in flames.
An online media representative of the LoaBay online company also livestreamed the arrival of the Police and the Fire and Emergency Services Authority (F.E.S.A.) officials at the crime scene.
The Loabay representative continued to take videos of Police clearing the site.