Leader says ongoing feud led to gruesome murder

Regular disputes and jealousy were implicated as contributing causes in a murder case where a Tongan mother and a daughter were hacked to death Wednesday, Dec 18 while three other children suffered serious lacerations, according to a Tongan community leader in Fiji.

Sisi Taufa Patolo, 33, and her seven-month-old daughter, Sarah Patolo were pronounced dead on arrival at the Lautoka Hospital last week.

Twin daughters Fisi’ipeau Patolo, 5, Grace Patolo, 5 and Ana Kaitonua Patolo, 3 are in critical condition after allegedly stabbed by their attacker.

A 22-year-old, Priya Darshani who was in a de facto relationship with the father, Mokai Patolo, 31 was charged Sunday 22 with two counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder following the brutal attack.

She will appear at the High Court in Lautoka for mention on January 24, 2014.

Tongan community committee leader in Fiji ‘Eleni Tevi updated her friends on Facebook after she was interviewed by the Fijian media.

She said she found out the deceased mother Sisi Taufa Patolo, “was the more known Taufa Patolo who was a student of mine at Tonga High School 93-98”.

“The couple moved to Fiji and stayed in Lautoka for about 5yrs and never made contacts with relatives thereafter,”  Tevi Said.

“Taufa works nights and  (the) 22yrs old Priya Darshani moved in to help care for the kids at night.

She later had a son with Mr Patolo and continued to stay with the couple”.

Darshani was reportedly a former Indian beauty pageant contestant and her son with Mr Patolo turned one year-old this week.

Tevi said, when Darshani found out Sisi Taufa was having another baby girl  with Mr Patolo about five months after Darshani born their son, a feud between the two women continuously erupted leading to Wednesday’s shocking incident.

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