Father in court

Father in court over son’s death in Tongatapu

Local news media report that seven-year-old Alifeleti Peneti Jnr Vailea died after falling from a moving vehicle on 2 October.

Alifeleti was sitting at the back of the vehicle with his twin brother when the incident occurred.

Va’ati Vailea, 36, who was driving the vehicle, was charged with criminal negligence causing death.

However, police reportedly said they were considering dropping the case due to the nature of the incident.

The family have lamented their loss on Facebook.