Murder accused faces court over Kokomo’s stabbing

Michael Weaver 6 August 2020

Investigators at Kokomo’s following the stabbing death of Pitasoni Ulavalu. Photo: Michael Weaver.

The man accused of murdering Canberra Comancheros bikie boss Pitasoni Ulavalu at a popular venue in Civic did not enter a plea or apply for bail when he appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court today (6 August).

Frederick Elijah Mercy Tuifua has been formally charged over the death of Mr Ulavalu on 19 July.

Mr Uvalavu died after he was stabbed in the neck when a brawl broke out inside the Kokomo’s nightclub in Civic, before spilling onto the street.

The 26-year-old man from Silverwater in western Sydney will appear again in court on 25 August. Mr Tuifua was refused bail.

Two other men – a 22-year-old and a 23-year-old – also appeared in court today on charges of affray related to the stabbing.

The three men were arrested in the early hours of Wednesday morning (5 August) when they arrived at a hospital emergency department with another man who had been shot three times at Garran. The man required emergency surgery and is also a person of interest in the stabbing of Mr Ulavalu.

The circumstances surrounding this man’s injuries are under investigation.

The investigation remains ongoing and ACT Policing Criminal Investigations detectives anticipate further arrests regarding the stabbing of Pitasoni Ulavalu.

Pitasoni 'Soni' Ulavalu

Pitasoni ‘Soni’ Ulavalu. Photo: Facebook.

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