Man charged after smashing his car into Royal Palace fence

A driver accused of smashing his vehicle into the fence of the Royal Palace and fleeing the scene in Nuku’alofa has been charged with reckless driving

Police arrested 30-year-old Seleti Mafi of Sopu Monday 8 and is awaiting trial at the Magistrate Court.

According to Police Communication Officer Telesia Adams the accused after fleeing the scene arrived at the Central Police station and falsely filed a complaint claiming his van was stolen.

However a witness told Police he saw Mafi leaving the van after it crashed into the Palace’s fence. The witness’s report led to the victim’s arrest.

It was not clear whether the accused received further charges on his false report or not.

He was remanded on bail.

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