Three Youth Face Murder Charges – Commissioner Says Locally Made Vodka Involved


13 October 2020, Apia Samoa. The Samoa Police Commissioner has once again highlighted the presence of locally made vodka in relation to an incident at Fasitoo-Uta that resulted in the death of a man in his 40s.

Responding to questions from Samoa Global News the Police Commissioner confirmed that all three men arrested were youths in their 20s, and the incident occurred on Saturday night.., early hours of children’s White Sunday morning.

Su’a Fuiavailiili Egon Keil said they are treating the incident as a murder investigation, and stressed once again, that locally made vodka bottles were found at the scene of the crime.

A lineup of locally made vodka. The labeling does not include the alcohol content.

“Locally made vodka was once again involved; this time we identified two types of locally made vodka from preliminary investigations”, said Su’a.

Two months ago during Father’s Day long weekend, a 40 year old man was killed after being allegedly run down by another man following a drinking session where the Commissioner had also highlighted locally produced vodka.

This is the only labeling on a Rover Vodka bottle. No contents or % alcohol volume.

Su’a Fuiavailiili had observed back in August, “They were in a friendly drinking session prior to the incident, and a locally produced vodka type drink was consumed by the suspect prior to the incident”.

Close inspection of two types of locally produced vodka bottles showed very basic labeling, where there is no mention of product content or percentage of alcohol volume contained within.

This is the only labeling on a Boom Vodka bottle. No product contents or % alcohol volume.

The three youth arrested in this latest White Sunday tragedy are remanded in custody to await their first Court appearance later this month.

“The Samoa Police Service made 31 arrests over the long weekend including Monday, and responded to around 400 calls for service”, added Su’a.