19 Feb 2003

Police in American Samoa arrest man over death of Filipino woman

10:40 am on 19 February 2003

Police in American Samoa have arrested a man following the violent death of a Filipino woman from serious head injuries.

The suspect, who is the chief engineer of an American fishing boat based in American Samoa, is expected to be charged today.

Reports say the woman, Emeliza Gavino, was seen being beaten by the suspect along the main road last Thursday.

The reports say two Samoans interrupted the assault but the woman was later found in a pool of blood further along the road.