New Year Celebration in Savaii ends in Murder

The 2 men involved did not know each other and had been drinking throughout the day at separate "drink-ups"  in the village. "Ga amaka iguga i le ao".

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Savaii, Samoa 03 Jan 2019 – A 28 year old father from the Faasaleleaga District of Savaii is facing a murder charge following an incident in connection with the death of a 34 year old male.

A source from the mens’ village who did not wish to be named for fear of repercussions from Village Council told Samoa Global News that the incident occurred on Tuesday night after a long day of January 1st celebrations.

The 2 men involved did not know each other and had been drinking throughout the day at separate “drink-ups”  in the village.

“Ga amaka iguga i le ao”.

During the day, the 2 men crossed paths along the road where they exchanged words and got into a fist fight. Their friends and others around them were able to separate the men and contain the incident.

“Ga iai se kaimi o le aso ga fekaui ai i luga o le auala ma fufusu ai. Sa mafai lava oga vaovao.”

Samoa Global’s source said that a senseless act, the accused, still unhappy about the scuffle earlier, went to the home of the deceased later in the night and stabbed him in the chest using a sharp object.

The incident occurred after midnight and it is understood that the deceased was declared dead on arrival at the Tuasivi hospital.


Deidre Fanene

31 years old from the village of Leauvaa. Married with three children.
Deidre Fanene