Murder charge laid as family of accused apologise for their son’s action

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Family of the accused and some of their relatives presenting their hala to Malakai's family. Photo/Supplied

The family of the man who was accused in connection with the death of Keuli Malakai in Ma’ufanga had formally apologised to the deceased’s family for their son’s actions.

It is understood the family arrived at the victim’s family home early this week with a hala which included Tongan handicrafts, soft sweet food and drinks.

It followed with a matāpule formally asking Malakai’s family to forgive their son.

Police have charged the 25-year-old suspect with murder.

Malakai, 51, worked as a custom officer at the Ministry of Customs.

Some of the Ministry’s staff wrote on Facebook saying they were with the deceased at one of the night clubs before the incident happened.

The accused remains in custody after he turned himself in to police on Saturday morning shortly after the incident on July 8.

He will appear at the Fasi Magistrate’s Court on Monday, July 17, Police said.

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