Drinking session ends in death

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Police Assistant Commissioner:  Sua Muliaga Tiumalu

Police Assistant Commissioner: Sua Muliaga Tiumalu

A 31-year-old man from the villages of Sogi and Saoluafata died on Sunday as a result of a dispute between him and another man.

The accused is a 27-year-old from the villages of Sogi, Lalovi and Letui Savai'i.

Police Spokesperson Su’a Muliaga Tiumalu told the Samoa Observer yesterday the two were drinking at Sogi last weekend.

“The accused and the deceased were drinking at Sogi on the weekend and they must’ve gotten into an argument,” he said.

“It ended up badly and the deceased was taken to the hospital due to some injuries. He passed away on Sunday.

“The accused is still in custody waiting for his court appearance on the 30th of January.”

The family of the deceased man at Vaimoso-uta declined to comment.

But a neighbour said the deceased works at Petroleum Products Supplies Limited (P.P.S.).

“They were having drinks at their other house at the back on Friday night,” said the source.

“Apparently the accused got angry at the deceased for not sharing his bottle of vodka and he (accused) waited for the deceased to go home."

“The deceased was walking to the front to where his house is and that’s when the accused struck him with a metal.”

According to the source one of the village boys randomly went through the deceased house at the back and found the deceased lying in the mud.

“When one of the guys from here found him he was still breathing and his family rushed him to the hospital but I guess his injuries were too severe. I heard that he passed away yesterday.”

The neighbour said the deceased was a very good man.

“He is very loyal to his wife and her family and he is not a trouble maker. He works hard to look after his family and it’s sad to see him gone over such a minor issue."

“He will be sorely missed around here.”

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