Church minister’s son to appear in court following Muitoa beating

A church minister’s son and another man accused of beating a 12-year-old boy in Muitoa, Kauvai Hāʻano in Haʻapai are scheduled to appear in court in December when the next court session is scheduled for the islands, Police said.

The accused in their 20s have been reported to Police by the boy’s mother after her son was horrifically beaten and hospitalised last month.

A report from the Haʻapai medical officer to police seen by Kaniva News confirmed Talaiasi Tauʻatāina Lātū suffered severe pain and physical difficulties from the alleged beating.

Following the mother’s complaint a Police Officer was dispatched to the island on September 2 to work on the case, Police said.

Upon arrival, the son of the minister of the Free Church of Tonga was arrested along with another man Police said was his friend and were charged in relation to the beating.

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