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6 September: Order in Public Places

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PRESS RELEASE, TUESDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER, 2011

Crime Report for Period 29th August - 04 September 2011.

  • Total of 46 criminal offences registered during the period 29 August to 04 September 2011, compared to 39 recorded the previous week, an increase of 07 offences.
  • Out of the 46 crimes reported 28 were registered at Central Police Station, 09 at Mu'a, 04 - Leimatu'a Station, 03 - Neiafu and 01 at Nukunuku.
  • Theft was the most reported crime with 15 offences followed by 13 - housebreaks, 11 - assaults, 02 - unlawful entry into buildings by night, 01 - willful damage to property, 01 - rape and other minor offences.
  • Total of 32 offences reported under Other Acts compared to 13 the previous week, mostly under the Order in Public Places Act, - drunkenness and disorderly behaviour.
  • Total of 241 traffic offences were registered under the Traffic Act and regulations compared to 182 the previous week.
  • There were two (02) deaths investigated by Police last week.

The first death occurred late afternoon of Thursday 01 September 2011 at sea near the island of Leleka at Ha'apai group where a 54 years old sea cucumber diver from Ngele'ia, Tongatapu died shortly after surfacing from diving.  The deceased was accompanied by two (02) other fishermen who rushed the deceased to Nomuka and transported by inter-island ferry "M.V. Pulupaki" to Tongatapu.

Examination by medical authorities at Vaiola Hospital indicated that cause of death was due to decompression sickness (bend).

Inquest will be conducted today (06/9/2011) while further investigation will be conducted in relation to the use of decompressed gas diving in sea cucumber fishing.

  • The second death resulted from a vehicle crash at Vuna Rd, Mala'e ‘Aloa cemetery about 11.30pm Saturday 03 September 2011.

A Toyota "Prado" van travelled easterly direction on Vuna Rd, with the 20 year old male driver and two (2) female passengers crashed onto a lamp post and toa tree resulting in the 21 years old female deceased passenger of Fanga ‘o Pilolevu thrown out of the vehicle.

The deceased was rushed to Vaiola Hospital where she was pronounced dead, about an hour later.

The driver and the other female passenger were not injured.

Police have charged the driver with causing death while driving under the influence of alcohol and will appear at the Magistrate Court today (06/09/2011).

Medical authorities will complete their examination of the deceased today.

This death bring the number of road death to six (06) as of 03 September 2011.  Total road toll for 2010 was six (06).

  • Police is investigating an attempt robbery and an armed robbery that occurred yesterday (Monday - 05/09/2011).
  • The attempt robbery occurred about 4 a.m. at the office of a money loan company situated at the Church of Tonga premises at Kolofo'ou. Four (04) hooded male persons entered the office where a male youth was present, tied him and unsuccessfully attempted to take the safe. The safe was too heavy for them so the offenders left the scene without the safe.
  • At about 9.30am - 05/09/2011, two (02) hooded male offenders entered the Westpac Bank of Tonga branch at Ma'ufanga armed with a pistol and bush knives, threatened the staff and stole several thousands of Tongan currency.

The offenders left the scene on a Mazda - "Bongo" van silver colour with no license plates.

All the actions by the offenders was recorded by the security camera.

Police is requesting the community for any information that will help with the investigation.  The hot line phone numbers are 922 and 23-083.

  • At the meantime Police have charged escape prisoner Sione Uatekini with armed robbery at Talahiva Restaurant on the night of 08 June 2011.

T. Faletau

Tonga Police

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 September 2011 15:03 )  

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