30 Mar 2018

Niue cabinet minister facing assault charge

2:36 pm on 30 March 2018

Niue cabinet minister, Billy Talagi, has been charged with assaulting fellow MP Terry Coe.

Police headquarters on Niue

Police headquarters on Niue Photo: RNZI/Sally Round

Mr Coe had complained to police that Mr Talagi, who is the Justice, Health and Education Minister, punched him in the face after a heated debate in parliament.

Mr Talagi, who is the brother of the premier, told RNZ Pacific at the time that the incident didn't take place, that it was nothing more than a rumour.

Niue's Chief of Police, Tony Edwards, said a court date was yet to be set.