26 Sep 2006

Murder charges laid in American Samoa after Tuvaluan's death

3:28 pm on 26 September 2006

Two men in American Samoa are facing charges of second degree murder for the death of a Tuvaluan national, 40-year-old Kalele Kaleka, on Friday night.

Mark Fiapaua and Fagatuai Taula are accused of beating the victim to death.

According to court affidavits, the three were among crew members of the fishing vessel The Apera 2 having a barbecue at the yacht quay when the beating broke out.

A medical report included in the affidavit said that the victim suffered traumatic brain injuries, two lacerations on the heads and numerous injuries on his forehead, knees, hands and back.

The two defendants are being held without bail.

One is a US national and the other is a citizen of Samoa.