9 Jul 2014

Two jailed in Tonga over Kiwi's killing

5:52 pm on 9 July 2014

Two Tonga men found guilty of the manslaughter of New Zealand police officer, Kali Fungavaka, have been jailed today by Supreme Court judge, Justice Charles Cato.

Former police inspector Kelepi Hala'ufia has been sentenced to 11 years in jail and former constable Salesi Maile got 9 years.

A civilian, Semisi Manu, who was in the cells with Mr Fungavaka when he was beaten and was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm, has been given an 18 month suspended sentence.

Radio Tonga reports that the judge took note of Manu's remorse and his promise not to touch alcohol again, and has ordered him to carry out community work.

Justice Cato says Hala'ufia attacked Mr Fungavaka with a torch, causing a multiple skull fracture.

He says Hala'ufia was also responsible for the neck injuries which played a major part in Mr Fungavaka'a death.

The judge says Maile stomped on Mr Fungavaka's face in the police cell.