SIone Tufui dies from brain injuries. Photo/Facebook

The man accused of murdering Sione Tufui in a night club in Suva, Fiji two years ago has said he did not kill him.

A post-mortem examination report has confirmed at Fiji High court on Monday Sione died from a “brain haemorrhage which was caused by a blunt force trauma …. and multiple traumatic injuries”.

The pathologist, Dr Kalougivaki said: “this could have been caused by multiple stomping, kicking and punching”, Fiji Times reported.

Sione of Houma, Tongatapu, Tonga Islands was a student at the USP in Suva at the time he was killed.

A Nauruan man Julian Hendrich was in court in relation to his death.

At the time of the fatal incident Police arrested  five Nauruan secondary school students.

The deceased was with his older brother Tupou Tufui who was also a student at the university and they had a night out on the night when Sione was fatally attacked.

Henrich’s defense counsel told the court  his client did not take part in the killing.

Fiji media reports said his lawyer “Sevuloni Valenitabua told the assessors that Henrich was outside Dragon Nightclub in Suva when the other six people were punching and kicking Sione Tufui”.

“Valenitabua told the assessors to consider one of the defense witnesses’ evidence, who he saw Henrich coming out of the nightclub but when he came out, Tufui was already dead”.

“He also told the assessors that if Henrich was involved in a fight inside the nightclub on the dance floor and if he threw two to three punches at Tufui, this could not cause Tufui’s death”.

Valenitabua told the court the six people Police arrested were responsible for the killing of Sione.

Dr Kalougivaki also said: “… during the post-mortem examination, he noticed the deceased’s face was swollen, black and bloodshot eyes and his nose was also swollen with bruises.

“The fluid that was extracted from the eyes had blood in it,” Dr Kalougivaki said”, it has been reported.

Dr Kalougivaki said Sione’s lips were swollen and “there was a large cut on the lower lip, extensive bruising in the mouth and bruises on the chest”.

“There was an extensive bruising of the entire skull through the layers of the scalp”, he said.

“He concluded the cause of death was a result of brain haemorrhage which was caused by a blunt force trauma from the alleged assault and the presence of multiple traumatic injuries”.

Prosecution Counsel Juleen Fatiaki told the court Henrich “admitted that he joined the fight outside the nightclub”.

A Tongan witness, Finau Leone saw Henrich at the CWM Hospital and at the Central Police Station and he identified him and maintained that Henrich was the person who punched and kicked Tufui, the court was told.

Fetaiaki asked the assessors to consider Leone’s evidence that he was only ten steps far from the place where Tufui was being punched and kicked by some boys and he saw Henrich was one of them.

Justice Salesi Temo will sum up the case this afternoon.

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  1. Mate ʻa Tufui mei he lavelavea ʻa e ʻutó, fakaʻikaiʻi ʻe Henrich ko ia ne ne tāmateʻí, ko hano tala ʻeni ki he Fakamaauʻanga Fisí.

    Kuo fakaʻikaiʻi ʻe he tangata kuo tukuakiʻi ki hono fakapoongi ʻo Sione Tufui ʻi ha naitikalapu ʻi Suva, Fisi he taʻu ʻe ua kuohilí ʻo pehē ne ʻikai ko ia ia ne ne fai hono fakapōngí.

    I ha lipooti ki hono sivi fakatoketā ʻa e sino ʻo Sioné ne fakapapauʻi ai ʻi he Fakamaauʻanga Māʻolunga ʻa Fisí naʻe mate ʻa Sione tupu mei ha fānoa ʻa e totó ʻi hono ʻutó….mo ha ngaahi makafokafo”.

    Naʻe pehē ʻe Dr Kalougivaki, ko e patolosisi ia ne ne sivi e sino ʻo Sioné, ʻe malava naʻe tupu ʻeni mei he ngaahi tāmalaki, ʻaka mo ha tuki, fakatatau ʻeni ki he līpooti ʻa e Fiji Times.

    Ko Sioné mei Houma, Tongatapu pea ko e ākonga ia ʻi he ʻUnivēsiti USP ʻi Suva ʻi he taimi ne tāmateʻi ai iá.

    Kuo ʻi he fakamaauʻangá ai ha tangata Naulu ko Julian Hendrich fekauʻaki mo ʻene mate.

    ʻI he taimi ne mate ai ne puke ʻe he kau polisí ha fānau ako kolisi mei Naulu ʻe toko nima.

    Naʻe hoko e faingataʻá ni lolotonga ne ʻi ai pe ʻa Sione mo hono taʻoketé Tupou Tufui ʻa ia ne ako foki mo ia ʻi he ʻunivēsití pea ko ʻena ō ʻeni ʻo ʻeva poʻuli he taimi ne ʻohofi ai ʻa Sione ʻo mate.

    Ka ne fakahā ʻe he faleʻi fakalao ʻa Henrich naʻe ʻikai ke kau ʻene kalaiení ʻana he tāmaté.

    Kuo līpooti ʻe he mītia Fisí e pehē ʻe heʻene loeá Sevuloni Valenitabua ki he fakamaauʻangá naʻe ʻi tuʻa ʻa Henrich ʻi he Naitikalapu Dragon he taimi ne tuki mo ʻaka ai ʻe ha toko ono ʻa Sione.

    Ne pehē ʻe Valenitabua ki he kau ʻasesá ke nau fakakaukauʻi e fakamoʻoni ʻa e taha ʻo e kau fakamoʻoní ʻo ne pehē naʻe sio ki he hū mai ʻa Henrich ki tuʻa mei he naitikalapú ka ne hū mai ia ki tuʻá kuo ʻosi mate ʻa Sione ia.

    Ne ne toe pehē foki ki he kau ʻasesá kapau naʻe kau ʻa Henrich ʻi he fuhu ʻi loto he faiʻanga hulohula ʻo e naitikalapú pea kapau ne tau haʻane tuki ʻe ua pe tolu ʻia Sione ʻe ʻikai lava ke mate ai ʻa Sione ia.

    Ne fakahā ʻe Valenitabua ki he fakamaauʻangá ko e toko ono ne puke ʻe he kau polisí ne nau fai ʻa e fakapoó.

    Ne pehē foki ʻe Dr Kalougivaki naʻe lolotonga ʻene sivi e sino ʻo Sioné ne ne fakatokangaʻi ha pupula ʻi he mata ʻo e pekiá, ʻuliʻuli pea totototo hono ongo foʻi matá pea pupula foki mo takaʻuli hono ihú.

    Ko e vai ne toʻo mei hono ongo foʻi matá ne ʻi ai ʻa e toto ai ko e fakahā ia ʻe Dr Kalougivaki.

    Ne toe pehē ʻe Dr Klougivaki naʻe pupula e ongo loungutu ʻo Sioné pea ʻi ai e matofi lahi ʻi hono loungutu laló, takaʻuli lahi hono ngutú pea takatakaʻuli hono fatafatá.

    Naʻe toe ʻi ai mo ha takaʻuli lahi ki hono ngeʻesi ʻulú kotoa ʻo ʻalu hifo ki he ngeʻesi ʻulú, ko ʻene laú ia.

    Naʻá ne aofangatuku leva ko e tupunga ʻene maté mei he fānoa e totó he ʻutó ʻa ia ko e tupu ʻeni mei hano tāʻaki ha meʻa peku mei he taha ʻoku tukuakiʻi ne ne taá pea ʻi ai foki mo e ngaahi makafokafo lahi.

    Ne fakahā ʻe he faifakaʻiló Juleen Fatiaki ki he fakamaauʻangá ne vetehia ʻa Henrich ʻo pehē ne kau he kau fuhu he naitikalapú.

    Ne fakamoʻoni foki ha tokotaha ko Finau Leone ʻo pehē ne ne sio kia Henrich ʻi he Fale Mahaki CWM pehē ki he ʻapitanga Polisí peá ne ne ʻilo ko Henrich ia ʻa e tokotaha ne ne tuki mo ʻaka ʻa Sioné.

    Ne kole ai ʻe Fetaiaki ki he kau ʻasesá ke fakakaukauʻi e fakamoʻoni ʻa Leone ʻo pehē ne ne manga pe ʻe 10 mei he feituʻu ne tuki mo ʻaka ai ʻa Sione ʻe ha tamaiki tangata peá ne ne sio ne kau ai ʻa Henrich.

    ʻE fakamāʻopoʻopo mo aofangatuku ʻe Fakamaau Salesi Temo ʻa e keisí ni he hoʻatā efiafi ʻo e ʻaho ní.