Two Tongan men lose name suppression in Auckland murder case

The two Tongan men accused of murdering Alec Junior Moala have pleaded not guilty and can now be named.

Sosaia Vaitohi, 26, and Metthuselak Talakai, 28, appeared briefly in the High Court at Auckland yesterday.

The New Zealand Herald reports name suppression for both of them lapsed yesterday.

Talakai's next appearance will be a callover on June 30 and Vaitohi will have a case review of August 18.

Both men were remanded in custody.

Defence counsel Emma Priest said both had requested to attend their upcoming hearings in person.

Moala was 31, was married and had three children, his father told the Herald last month.

He was from Papatoetoe and was also known as Aleki.


Photo supplied Murder victim Alec Junior Moala