Cops arrest 21yo after brutal assault of Chinese woman

Tongan Police on Friday arrested a 21-year-old man from Pahu in connection with the attack on a 58-year-old woman in Nukuʻalofa Thursday 17.

The man had been charged with assault with a weapon, housebreaking and theft.

He remains in Police custody.

A Police statement said: “The victim, who was hit around the head, was taken to Vaiola hospital and is in a critical condition”.

Chief Superintendent Tevita Fifita said “this was a traumatic experience for the woman and she is being provided with lots of support”.

The accused was “apprehended soon after the attack which is a great result and has provided the victim with some comfort.”

Police Commissioner Steve Caldwell said “This is outstanding Police work that has led to an early arrest. Our thoughts and support are with the victim and family at this time.”

“Police continue to work closely together with the Chinese Community in Tonga to ensure their safety in their homes and businesses. Our role is to keep all our citizens’ safe; working together with the community we have the privilege of serving.”

The accused is to appear before the Fasi Magistrate Court on Wednesday 23 November 2016.


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