TWO SUSPECTS DETAINED IN SAMOA TAXI MURDER

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Another suspect being questioned, not charged

By Marieta Heidi Ilalio

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, March 31, 2009) — Two more suspects have been detained in the body-in-the-boot killing, Assistant Police Commissioner, Papali’i Li’o Ta’eu Masipa’u confirmed yesterday.

Papali’i said a 25-year-old from the village of Tuvao, Satapuala and a 26-year-old from Le’auva’a were in custody, charged with murder.

They will appear in the Supreme Court on June 8.

A third suspect is still being investigated but Papali’i said they don’t have enough evidence to charge this person.

The Assistant Commissioner said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the body found in t

he boot of a taxi last Saturday.

"We are in the process of completing the investigation," he said.

The deceased, 54 or 55, of Leulumoega-tuai and Moamoa was killed last Saturday while at work driving a taxi.

It is known he went home and talked to his wife at 1pm that day, before he returned to work.

Around 8pm that night a member of the public driving past noticed the deceased’s taxi parked roadside about 100 metres from the entrance to Aggie Grey’s Resort at Satuimalufilufi – or Mulifanua as it is now called more often.

He drove the apparently abandoned taxi - the keys were in the ignition - to the nearby Police Post at Faleolo.

There Police officers opened the boot to find the body of a man.

His hands were tied and he had injuries to his neck which appeared to have been caused by a sharp object.

The deceased was later identified as the driver of the taxi he was found in.

His first name is Ofisa, Samoa Observer was told.

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