Murder

Guilty plea entered in murder case of Tongan human rights activist

Inoke Siolongo Filivaolelei Tonga was arrested and charged with Poli Kefu's death in May.

The 27-year-old pleaded guilty at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on Thursday.

He will be sentenced on October 6th.

Matangi Tonga reported Poli Kefu died after being hit with a rock.

It said Poli Kefu, who hailed from Lapaha, was not only a respected Tonga Red Cross communications officer, but was president of the Tonga Leitis Association.

He was also recognised for his work as a LGBTQIA+ rights advocate in Tonga and the region.

Tonga royals deny Australia horse trainer murder link

It comes after an Australian tabloid published claims that the late Tongan king and a former diplomat helped to conceal the killing of George Brown.

Australian police believe Mr Brown was tortured and murdered in 1984 by members of the horseracing community.

The case, which rocked the industry, has never been solved.

Mr Brown's body had been found in a burnt car in bushland south of Sydney, with signs that he had been assaulted before his death.

No bail for man accused of killing Tongan seasonal worker in NZ

The 34-year-old accused has been remanded in custody until September.

Kaniva News reports Lynch was in New Zealand as an RSE (Recognised Seasonal Employer) worker before he died in an alleged stabbing on Market St on 20 June in central Blenheim.

Police believe the fatality came after an altercation between the Tongan RSE workers and some Rebel gang members from outside the region.

Lynch had been out celebrating a friend’s birthday. Two other Tongan men were wounded and hospitalised at Blenheim’s Wairau Hospital.

Two men charged with murder of Alec Moala in Auckland

The identities of the men aged 26 and 28 have been not been released.

Moala, who is married with three children, was shot last Sunday morning in Otahuhu.

His father Naeata told the New Zealand Herald that he believes his son died being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

He said he has been told his son went to a house in Ōtāhuhu's Beatty St to help a woman in distress who was being beaten up.

During the week, Police appealed for information.

A team of detectives worked tirelessly since Sunday to identify those responsible and hold them to account.

Autopsy results expected this weekend in Polikalepo Kefu’s alleged homicide case

Kefu was allegedly murdered near his home in Lapaha on 1 May.

It is understood Kefu’s body will be released to his family tomorrow.

It will be followed by a funeral mass for Kefu which will be held at the Sangato Mikaele church in Lapaha at 3pm.

A 27-year-old man charged in connection with his death is expected to appear on May 19, at the Magistrate’s Court in Mu’a.

Kefu,41, was known for his work with Tonga’s Red Cross, the local media association, and as a voice for youth.

Killing of humanitarian in Tonga shocks wider community

Polikalepo Kefu was known for his work with Tonga's Red Cross, the local media association, and as a voice for youth.

He was also president of the local LGBTQI+ rights group who want to make sure his death is not brushed under the carpet.

Polikalepo Kefu, or Poli, was well recognised for his tireless devotion to a wide range of human rights causes.

The Red Cross described him as a shining star in the Pacific, and globally, who will be remembered and cherished for his dedication to equality for all.

Three charged with murder of Auckland mum Meliame Fisi’ihoi

Detective Senior Sergeant Karen Bright of Counties Manukau Police said Police have worked tirelessly since Fisi’ihoi was killed in her Favona home on 15 January 2020 to identify those allegedly involved and hold them to account.

Fisi'ihoi was watching TV in the sitting room when she got up to check a noise she heard outside.

The mother of seven was shot through a window near the front door about 2.45am.

Three men aged 19, 22 and 28 have been jointly charged with murder and are expected to appear in the Manukau District Court today.

Boy, 13, stabbed to death in Reading

Officers were called shortly before 16:00 GMT on Sunday following reports of an attack in Bugs Bottom fields, Emmer Green.

The boy was pronounced dead at the scene and police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

No arrests have been made, but Thames Valley Police believe the boy was attacked by two or three males.

Police said the boy's next of kin have been informed, but no formal identification has taken place.

A "considerable police presence" will be in place for several days, police said.

Germany children deaths: Bodies of five found in flat in Solingen

Police say they suspect the 27-year-old mother of killing the children before attempting to take her own life at a train station in nearby Düsseldorf.

Few details have been provided, with no information about the cause of death.

Emergency services were called to the residential block in the Hasseldelle area of the city on Thursday afternoon.

Tongan suspect arrested for murder in Salt Lake City Ballpark neighborhood

49-year-old Luis Melendez was found dead near a bicycle in the area of Harrison Ave. and Main Street two weeks ago.

2KUTV reports the suspect is 24-year-old Siosiua Tonga Ositamani, according to a jail affidavit filed on Tuesday.

An anonymous tip led investigators to Ositamani, after which they compared photos of him to video from local businesses.