Kaufusi charged with murder of his wife’s Tongan ex-husband in US

Davis County Jail Heneli (Henry) Kalainisi Kaufusi is accused of fatally beating his girlfriend’s ex-husband. Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune


The Tongan man accused of killing another Tongan man following an attack outside a Bountiful home,  Davis County, Utah, United States was charged Tuesday 20 with murder.

Heneli Kaufusi, 35, has been charged with first-degree felony in Farmington’s 2nd District Court.

The deceased, Sione Mangisi, 37,  who was known to many as Mataele had an ex-wife and four children living at the home with Kaufusi, including an infant.

According to Bountiful media, “Kaufusi allegedly beat  Mangisi while he was on the ground, taking swings at him and later throwing Mangisi into the gutter and stomping on him”.

It said Mangisi died from his injuries before first responders could get him to a hospital, Bountiful police said.

The alleged murder occurred on October 14 in front of Kaufusi’s home near 3534 S. Lexington Drive, investigators said.

Mangisi was apparently visiting his children in town from Hawthorne, California, who they live at the home with their mother and Kaufusi.

The four children, including an infant, reportedly weren’t home at the time of the attack.

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