Suspect named Hafoka appears in court accused of killing soldier

In the picture: Finau’s coffin is surrounded by his comrades led by the Commander of His Majesty’s Armed Forces and attended by Prince Tu’ipelehake. Photo/Lilika Sailosi

A suspect named Tēvita Halelima Hafoka, 25, from Kolofoʻou appeared in court yesterday Monday 20 – accused of murdering a soldier at His Majesty’s Armed Forces on July 11.

Sioeli Hangcer Finau, 24, died in Vaiola Hospital in what a medical examiner concluded as a result of stab wounds.

Tonga Police said they had seized a knife and were not looking for anyone else in connection with Finau’s death.

Fīnau’s family described him on social media as a ‘role model’ and said he worked hard to put food on his siblings’ table.

It has been revealed his mother from ʻUtulau and father from Pelehake were both died few years ago.

His alleged murderer  is expected to reappear at the magistrate court on Monday, 24 August.

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