Former Tonga deputy PM’s son arrested following Vava’u death, reports say

APIA, 07 SEPTEMBER 2018 (KANIVA TONGA NEWS) – A son of a former Tonga deputy Prime Minister had been arrested following the death of a man in Neiafu on Saturday 1, reports said.

Ioane Moala, 46, died from serious injuries after being assaulted allegedly during a drunken brawl.

Vili Vaipulu, 43, the son of former Deputy Prime Minister Samiu Vaipulu who is currently the Vava’u 16 MP has been charged with manslaughter by negligence, Kakalu ‘O Tonga newspaper has reported.

It is believed the incident occurred after a dispute between Moala and Vili who had been drinking alcohol.

Vili remained in custody pending court appearance on September 10.

Police investigation continues.

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