Slain former cop Joshua Liava'a to be laid to rest in NZ

JESS ETHERIDGE AND MICHAEL FIELD
Last updated 09:39 17/07/2014
A police mug shot of Samuela Mataele, accused of murdering his uncle, former Auckland detective Joshua Liava'a.
A police mug shot of Samuela Mataele, accused of murdering his uncle, former Auckland detective Joshua Liava'a.

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The family of slain former Auckland policeman Joshua Liava'a hope to bring his body home early next week.

The 65-year-old Aucklander was allegedly murdered in Hawaii on Tuesday (NZ time).

Honolulu Police have charged 18-year-old Samuela Mataele with second-degree murder, news website Kaniva Pacific says.

His son Joseph Liava'a said this morning that he hoped to bring his father's body back with him when he returned next Tuesday night.

The family did not know anything about how Liava'a was murdered and did not wish to comment until they had the full story, Liava'a said.

Yesterday the family was busy organising funeral and cemetery plans.

Joshua Liava'a was a one-time Auckland detective who had two high-profile affairs with members of the Tongan royal family.

He held Tongan, New Zealand and Australian citizenship.

According to Honolulu police Mataele fired one round from a rifle, hitting a man in the head, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

Mataele then threatened to shoot a 36-year-old, but that man was able to run away and alert police.

He was caught after a seven-hour manhunt.

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