24 Jan 2012

Murder charge over Tonga petrol station robbery

12:14 pm on 24 January 2012

A man has been charged with attempted murder and causing grevious bodily harm over an armed hold up at the petrol station in Tonga.

A 53-year-old man was shot in the leg during the robbery, and is still recovering at Vaiola Hospital.

Matangi Tonga reports Sefo Moala appeared in court, charged with six counts of attempted murder, causing grevious bodily harm, possession of illegal firearms, possession of illegal ammunition and conspiracy to armed robbery.

Three co-offenders, Sione Angilau, Meli Moala and Fale'ofa Ta'ufo'ou, were each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

The four were remanded in police custody, will re-appear next week.