Police inquiry into death hits snag

By Lumepa Hald 03 December 2021, 10:30PM

A Police investigation into a hit-and-run case that claimed the life of an 18-year-old university student in April has hit a snag and cannot continue.

Tu’uau Maletino, who is also known as Tuau by his friends and families, was found lying on the side of the road at the Vaitele Maali Street in the early hours of Wednesday April 21.

He was rushed to the hospital but was declared dead on arrival by emergency staff at the Tupua Tamasese National Hospital at Moto’otua.

However, in a recent interview with reporters, the Minister of Police Prisons and Corrections, Faualo Harry Schuster said the Ministry of Police had reached a “dead end” in their investigations into the death.

In June this year, two months after the death of the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) student, the Police released video footage of a minivan and appealed for the public’s help to identify the model to assist their investigations.

When the Police released the video footage on their official Facebook page in June this year, they said they have done interviews with numerous witnesses.

“The Police have conducted interviews with numerous witnesses to determine any leads that may assist with the identification of the driver and vehicle involved in this incident which resulted in the death of a young male named Tuuau Maletino. 

“To date S.P.P.C.S. has yet to attain any credible information that may assist with locating the driver and vehicle involved.”

The fourth out of five children, Tuuau’s grieving parents, Mr and Mrs Maletino told Samoa Observer in April that they were not seeking vengeance over the case. But instead wanted closure by knowing who was behind the wheel of the car that killed their son. 

By Lumepa Hald 03 December 2021, 10:30PM
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