26 Feb 2013

NZ pathologist describes dead policeman's injuries to Tonga court

3:10 pm on 26 February 2013

A New Zealand pathologist has been giving evidence at a court in Tonga today on the second day of a preliminary inquiry into the death of New Zealand police officer Kali Fungavaka.

Mr Fungavaka died in August last year after being held in police custody.

Six people, including five policemen and a civilian have been charged with manslaughter and causing grievous boldily harm.

The pathologist Dr Fintan Garavan is among 32 witnesses due to give evidence at the inquiry at the Nuku'alofa Magistrate's Court.

Dr Garavan has given details of the victim's injuries including evidence of blows to the head and strangulation.