Machete attack at Hu‘atolitoli leaves warden’s son injured

A violent attack on Tonga’s largest prison by two armed robbers on November 9 left a son of a prison warden injured.

Heamani Lopeti and Penisiliti Malafu entered a house at the Hu’atolitoli compound and attacked the 18-year-old son of Si’i-Kae-Ha Taufa with a machete. The teenager who was sleeping in the house injured his leg.

Police said Penisiliti was a former prisoner while Lopeti is currently a prisoner but was on a weekend leave while the incident happened.

The robbers left the house in a rental car they used with mats Police estimated to be  TP$7,200.

The duo were later spotted speeding by a police patrol car prompting a pursuit that ended after the accused car hit a tree on Taufa’ahau Rd.

No one was injured in the accident and the stolen goods were recovered from the boot of the car.

The accused were expected to appear in court this week.

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