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Fau Vake attack: Man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter jailed for two years, nine months

Liufau Vake, 25, known as Fau, died in hospital nine days after being punched multiple times in the head by a group of four men outside a bar on Symonds Street. He was in critical care and underwent surgery to try relieve pressure on his brain.

Daniel Havili was the only one charged with manslaughter. He initially denied the charge but pleaded guilty to killing Vake and assaulting his brother Ika Vake.

Havili was sentenced in the High Court at Auckland this morning.


Photo file MMA fighter Fau Vake


Tonga police charge two men with manslaughter

The suspects aged 19 and 21 respectively are from Ha’atafu.

The victim was found on the side of the main road at Ha’atafu with injuries to his head last Sunday morning.

Officers from Nukunuku Police Station rushed the victim to the hospital where he died the following day.

Police allege that the two suspects and the victim were drinking alcohol together when they got into a fight where the suspects allegedly assaulted the victim.

The father of one of the suspects when told of the incident took both suspects to Nukunuku Police Station on Sunday night.

Manslaughter charge for Tongan father after 2-year-old shoots himself in US

The toddler was in critical condition after shooting himself in the head with a gun his father left accessible to him. West Valley City police said the boy is not expected to survive.

The boy’s father, 27-year-old Tasman Maile, has been arrested and is in Salt Lake County Jail, Utah news media reports.

He has been charged for leaving the weapon accessible to the child, as well as obstruction of justice, drug possession and possession of a weapon by a restricted person; Maile has a criminal history for previous events and is not allowed to own a firearm.

Arrest following death of young man

A 22-year-old man was arrested yesterday and will be appearing in Auckland District Court today charged with manslaughter.

“The inquiry team have worked tirelessly since the weekend to understand the circumstances of what happened in the incident.

The arrest today is an important step in the investigation and will hopefully bring some relief for the friends and family of the victim,” said Detective Inspector Aaron Pascoe.

Reginald Sharma of Avondale died in the early hours of August 19 in Haughey Avenue.

Sanft trial: Officer breaks down describing shot child

Senior Constable Jackie Fyfe was the first officer on the scene after the police car she was in was waved down on Favona Road in Mangere.

RNZ reports Gustav Otto Sanft is on trial in the High Court in Auckland for the manslaughter of his 2-year-old daughter, Amokura Daniels-Sanft.

Giving evidence, Ms Fyfe said she ran onto the driveway and heard a howl.

She said a man was holding a child with grievous head injuries.

Ms Fyfe said she needed to check for signs of life but the man would not put the child down.