Bus driver charged after Tofoa attack, media warned

Some of the 147 accused students of Tupou College charged with "one count of conspiracy to commit willful damage to a building" after the attack of students at Tofoa on Thursday 18 have received more charges.

Twenty-two of the Tupou College accused and still detained by police received more charges on trespassing, housebreaking and causing grievous bodily harm.

A bus driver has been charged with “aiding criminal damage” and one student charged with “attempted arson” both are in police custody.

Police said a second group of 51 students have been released on bail  this afternoon charged with count of conspiracy to commit willful damage to a building and trespassing.

A group of 75 Tupou College students were bailed out on July 22 charged with wilful damage to a building. All accused released will appear at the Nuku'alofa Magistrate's Court on Monday, July 29.

Police commissioner O’Fee said more charges are likely to be laid next week.

At the same Assistant Police Commissioner ‘Unga Fa’aoa said “We are aware that there are lots of Media's discussions on the issue of school violence practically on the incident happened on Thursday night 18 July 2013 at Tofoa”.

He asked the “public to be patience and wait for the outcome of the investigation and the court hearing”.

Fa’aoa’s statements came after a local radio station conducted a talk-back show on  the violent school rivalry between schools.

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