12 Jun 2012

New Zealand forensic team to help probe Samoa killing

2:18 pm on 12 June 2012

The police in Samoa say a team of New Zealand forensic scientists has been asked to investigate a fatal shooting to ensure it is examined independently.

They say three New Zealand forensic police officers will assist them in their investigation into how Togia Rapi died during a police drug raid in Faleatiu village last month.

A spokesperson for the Samoa police, Leaupepe Fatu Pula, says the forensic experts were requested under the New Zealand Aid Programme because Samoa does not have the calibre of expertise.

"They are experts in ballistics forensics. They'll be looking at reconstructing the crime scene at the village and also examining police vehicles that were damaged by the alleged shooting."

Leaupepe Fatu Pula says a post-mortem is being conducted and no charges have been laid yet.