No records of assault on Lalauvaki and police officers in station diary
October 17, 2019 7:02 am
An alleged assault incident by Police Officers was not recorded at the Totogo Police Station.
On September 2nd, 2018 when it was alleged 26-year-old local rugby player Josua Lalauvaki was assaulted and stomped on by police officers was not recorded in the diary of the Totogo Police Station.
As the murder trial of two former officers continued into its third day, the High court heard the testimony of Sergeant Pradip Lal, who was on duty at the Totogo police station at the time.
Lal claimed at around 5am that day, the operations team including Kelepi Kolinisau and Selema Tikoenaburevere brought in Lalauvaki, his girlfriend, her sister and boyfriend.
He testified that he came out of the office when he heard the two women shouting and saw Lalauvaki allegedly run towards Tikoenaburevere and punch him.
Lal says Tikoenaburevere dodged the punch, allegedly held Lalauvaki by his neck and pushed him to the ground where he lay motionless while officers rushed over.
He claims Kolinisau then walked up to Lalauvaki and stomped on his stomach which caused the deceased to cry out in pain. Lalauvaki, kneeling and limping, was assisted into the police station charge room.
Lal testified that he had asked Lalauvaki, the three others with him and the police officers if they wanted to lodge a complaints, however, they all said no.
Lalauvaki died at the CWM hospital a month later.
Former police officers Kelepi Kolinisau and Selema Tikoenaburevere are charged with murder.
The trial continues today.