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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.


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