Tupou College ex-student: Landlord vows to take legal action

UPDATES: The landlord of the house attacked in Tofoa on Thursday 18 by a mob of Tupou College students undertook to file a lawsuit againts the accussed.

Kepueli ‘Ioane former student of Tupou College and is now serving the Government of Tonga said although his whole secondary school life has been brought up in the college he strongly condemned the students’ action.

He said the tenant rented only the ground floor of his house but the intruders smashed both floors striking the walls with iron rods and the fence was also damaged.

He was absolutely devastated by what had happened.

Grant O’fee, Tonga’s Police Commissioner described the attack as similar to a gang attack in New Zealand.

147 Tupou College students and 3 adults have been detained and recently released on bail  following the attack to re-appear before the Nuku’alofa Magistrate court on October 7- 10.

They faces charges ranging from trespassing and housebreaking to causing grievous bodily harm. One student has been charged with attempted arson. A teacher and two bus drivers have been charged with “aiding criminal damage.

Former Tonga College student Taniela Halahuni, 22, is in a critical condition in Vaiola hospital. Fellow student Taniela Mahe, 15 is in a stable condition.

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