Navutoka suspect may have fled to outer islands

Tongan Police believed the 28-year-old suspect from Navutoka who beat and tied-up his 20-year-old partner locking her in a hut in a plantation in Puke was hiding in Hahake, Nukuʻalofa or has already left Tongatapu and fled to the islands of Vavaʻu.

The perpetrator illegally imprisoned the woman from Vaini and left her without food for several days before she managed to free herself and got help from people in the area. She was taken to hospital where she received medical assistance.

It was believed the incident took place on February 27.

A local newspaper has named the suspect and the victim but Police said they could not officially release their names as it could affect their search operation.

Media and Communication Officer at the Office of the Police Commissioner, Sia Adams told Kaniva News this morning the suspect was still on the loose.

She said Police have yet to capture the “suspect” and the search operation which involved Police in Nukuʻalofa, Muʻa Headquater and Vavaʻu Islands was still ongoing.

Adams said Police believed these are the fugitive’s current hiding places.

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