Samoa police investigate three deaths

A 38 year old-man has been charged with murder in Samoa following the death of his daughter.

The man allegedly beat the twelve year old-girl to death at a home in Palisi, Apia.

He is now at Tanumalala Prison awaiting a court appearance later next month.

Meanwhile, a family dispute in Savai'i led to the death of a 29 year-old man. His brother in law has been arrested and charged with murder.

The accused has been held in custody at Tanumalala Prison and will appear in court on February 6.

In a separate incident, a man is in custody charged with murder after an off-duty female police officer was shot dead.

The man is alleged to have shot and killed Mele Segisolo Lapana during a drinking party at his residence at Aleisa village.

The Samoa Observer reports that, according to the Police Commissioner, the 31 year-old police officer was found dead at the scene of the crime after police were notified around 2am on Christmas Eve.

The alleged shooter is scheduled to appear in court on January 30th.