Two street vendors from Leone have been charged in relation to a brutal beating aired on footage that went viral on social media last week showing a man being assaulted next to the Triple 777 taxi stand in Sogi.
Samoa’s Police Commissioner Auapaau Logoitino Filipo made a public call for information on Thursday last week, prompting a father who saw that his son was one of the culprits to turn his son in.
Asofa Mupopo Tapumanaia of Leonē said he had no knowledge of the incident until he saw the news on TV1 Samoa’s Tala Fou, airing snippets of the footage and the Police Commissioner’s plead for information on the perpetrators.
Tapumanaia said on national television that no parent traches their child to act in this way and held back tears as he apologized to the nation.
Tapumanaia told Tala Fou they are related to the victims.
The footage which has since been removed from social media, showed two men being assaulted.
One of the men fell to the ground and looked to have been unconscious while one of the perpetrators continued to stomp his head and his chest area.
This is not the first incident of violence that has made it onto social media, showing youth brutally beating victims while unconscious on the ground.