Three brothers injured, suspect sought after machete attack outside Nuku‘alofa bar

Tonga police are looking for suspects after three brothers and a friend had been allegedly attacked with a machete during a brawl outside a bar.

The police said one of the brothers sustained a serious injury to his wrist which required him to remain in hospital for further medical assistance.

A police statement said the police attended the brawl at around 11.41 pm on Saturday, 16 December 2023 outside one of the bars at Taufa’ahau Rd in downtown Nuku’alofa.

It said the victims are three brothers aged 25, 31, and 38 from Havelu and a friend from Ha’ateiho.

“They were visiting the bar when a dispute arose between them and others leading to a brawl just outside the bar”.

The Police also said a witness claimed that one of the attackers appeared to be holding a machete that he swung against the victims causing serious injuries to the left wrist of the 31-year-old brother.

“He now remains at the Vaiola hospital for further check-ups while the 25 and the 38-year-old brothers and the friend, who also suffered injuries during the attack, have been discharged.

“Meanwhile, Police investigations and searching for suspects are underway.

“Police Commissioner, Shane McLennan is urging the public to be more careful during this festive season, especially when out drinking or partying to avoid causing unnecessary harm to yourself and or others”.

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