10 February 2021

Court documents allegedly detail night Canberra Comanchero’s boss was killed at Kokomo’s

| Albert McKnight
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Kokomos in Civic

Police at Kokomo’s in Civic the day after the brawl that killed Pitasoni Ulavalu. Photo: Michael Weaver.

A new document presented to the courts today (8 February) allegedly outlines the events on the night Canberra Comanchero’s commander Pitasoni Ulavalu was killed during a nightclub brawl at Kokomo’s in Civic.

Earlier today, one of the men involved in the fight, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty in the ACT Magistrates Court to a charge of affray over his role in the night’s events.

However, the facts state there is no evidence the man who pleaded guilty saw or knew about the alleged stabbing.

The statement of facts in his case state the ordeal began on the night of 18 July 2020 at a birthday party attended by this man as well as Frederick Elijah Mercy Tuifua, 26, who has pleaded not guilty to the alleged stabbing murder of Mr Ulavalu.

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Late in the evening, several of those attending the birthday party decided to go to Kokomo’s, and the statement of facts state the ensuing events and fight at the nightclub were captured on closed-circuit television.

After 11:00 pm that night, Mr Ulavalu went to Kokomo’s with three other members of the Comancheros before Mr Tuifua’s group also entered the nightclub. Members of the two groups would go on to allegedly have a disagreement.

Later, while members of the two groups were in discussion, Mr Tuifua stood outside the nightclub and allegedly pulled a knife out of his pocket and held it against his stomach.

When a staff member of Kokomo’s looked at him, Mr Tuifua allegedly put his finger up to his lips making a “shhh” motion and made a swiping motion across his throat.

After entering the club, Mr Tuifua allegedly raised the knife in his hand and rushed towards one of the Comancheros who pushed him back with a chair, before a fight broke out between the two groups.

Pitasoni Ulavalu

Canberra Comanchero’s commander Pitasoni Ulavalu was killed during a nightclub brawl at Kokomo’s. Photo: Facebook

At one point Mr Ulavalu, who was trying to break up the fight, stepped back towards Mr Tuifua and while his back was turned Mr Tuifua allegedly stabbed him in the neck.

As the fight continued Mr Tuifua left the building allegedly still holding the knife and he was followed by Mr Ulavalu, before the bikie boss stumbled across the footpath on Genge Street and fell facedown onto the road.

In the courtroom on Monday, the man who cannot be named only spoke to confirm his plea of guilty to a charge of affray and Magistrate James Lawton said the man was to return to court for sentencing later this year.

Mr Tuifua is scheduled to appear in court later this month.

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