23 Oct 2018

Man in custody over killing of Vanuatu schoolgirl

11:51 am on 23 October 2018

In Vanuatu the suspect in the killing of a 15-year-old secondary school student is in custody in Port Vila after being arrested in South East Malekua and flown to the capital under tight police security.

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Photo: RNZ / Moera Tuilaepa-Taylor

The man, Etienne John Samuel, of Kurumambe Village on Tongoa has made his first court appearance while police undertake further investigation for a preliminary hearing in November.

Meanwhile, police have thanked the public on Tongoa and Malekula Islands for their co-operation in the arrest of the suspect.