Fiji Time: 12:28 AM on Monday 30 March

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Dead in a freezer

Shalveen Chand
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A YOUNG policeman was found dead in the Police Special Response Unit canteen freezer in Nasinu at the weekend.

Tevita Mateitoga, 21, who was a recent recruit from the Fiji Police Academy, was based there.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said an investigation was now in progress following the discovery of the policeman's body yesterday morning.

Ms Naisoro said the victim was last seen with two others at the weekend.

"When they returned to the barrack compound, he asked to rest at the canteen," Ms Naisoro said.

"When they came back to check on him, he was missing whereby a search was conducted, however, proving negative.

"His body was found by a police carpenter when he opened the freezer this morning (yesterday)."

Ms Naisoro said an autopsy would be done to confirm the cause of death as investigations continue.

It is believed Mateitoga was with his colleagues on Friday evening and had told them he was feeling hot.

Police believe Mateitoga had gone inside the canteen freezer, eventually falling asleep.

Police said that his friends did not see him in the kitchen or the canteen area when they went looking for him.

The deceased who is from Nadi had been stationed with the Police Special Response Unit after the pass-out last year.

Ms Naisoro said Mateitoga's colleagues have been questioned.

"When they came back to check on him, he was missing whereby a search was conducted, however, proving negative.

"His body was found by a police carpenter when he opened the freezer this morning (yesterday)."

Ms Naisoro said a post-mortem examination would be done to confirm the cause of death as investigations continued.

It is believed Mateitoga was with his colleagues on Friday evening and had told them he was feeling hot.

The deceased who is from Nadi had been stationed with the Police Special Response Unit after the passing-out last year.

Ms Naisoro said Mateitoga's colleagues have been questioned.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. 'Ruthless'
  2. Memorable moments
  3. Register early, NZ Immigration urges
  4. Shape up or ship out
  5. PM walks 10km
  6. Fiji defeats England in HK 7s quarter-final
  7. Plan to ban taxi parking in towns
  8. One dead, four in hospital
  9. Celebrating Lord Rama's birth
  10. Lights go out for an hour

Top Stories this Week

  1. Rape on duty Wednesday (25 Mar)
  2. INQUIRY: Baby given wrong injection Friday (27 Mar)
  3. All hope gone Monday (23 Mar)
  4. 'No' to adopted child Monday (23 Mar)
  5. The man who was the champ Monday (23 Mar)
  6. Kepa clarifies position Tuesday (24 Mar)
  7. HK 7s risk Thursday (26 Mar)
  8. Fiji 7s inspires college in win Wednesday (25 Mar)
  9. Strong start Friday (27 Mar)
  10. Key to new home Thursday (26 Mar)