Tongan police officers jailed over Aucklander's death

JOSH FAGAN
Last updated 16:43 09/07/2014
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Two Tongan police officers have been jailed for charges relating to the death of Auckland police constable Kali Fungavaka in 2012.

Inspector Kelepi Hala'ufia was sentenced to 10 years' jail while constable Salesi Maile was given an eight-year jail sentence, the Tonga Daily News reported.

The two were sentenced this morning in the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa by Justice Charles Cato.

Civilian Semisi Kalisitiane Manu, who shared a prison cell with Fungavaka and was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm was given an 18-month suspended sentence.

A third policeman, Constable Fatai Faletau, found guilty of assault, will be sentenced on July 29, the Tonga Daily News reported.

Fungavaka, a constable with Counties Manukau police, had been picked up drunk in Nuku'alofa and later beaten up in a police cell. He died a week later on August 23, 2012, having never regained consciousness.

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