Tonga awaits ex­tra­di­tion

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Honolulu: A US cit­i­zen was be­ing held in Honolulu for ex­tra­di­tion to Tonga, where he’s ac­cused of beat­ing his wife to death, es­cap­ing Po­lice and sail­ing some 300 miles to Amer­i­can Samoa. King­dom of Tonga of­fi­cials said Dean Jay Fletcher, 54, was in­dicted on mur­der and other charges in the July death of his wife, Pa­tri­cia Linne Kear­ney. Three div­ing op­er­a­tors saw Fletcher as­sault­ing his wife on a dinghy af­ter she picked him up July 6 at the Neiafu Port of Refuge, ac­cord­ing to pro­vi­sional arrest doc­u­ments filed in fed­eral court in Honolulu. Fletcher kept kick­ing and punch­ing Kear­ney as the cou­ple ar­rived at an­other boat, named Sea Oak, which was moored about 100 me­tres from shore, Tonga of­fi­cials told US pros­e­cu­tors. One wit­ness re­ported that he saw Fletcher grab his wife’s head while she was in the dinghy, “slam his knee into her neck and punch her in the head,” the doc­u­ments state. The next day, Fletcher went to the Neiafu Po­lice Sta­tion to re­port his wife had died when she slipped and fell down stairs on their yacht.

Fletcher al­legedly told an ac­quain­tance that his wife had a nerve dis­ease and had been drunk. The per­son re­ported see­ing a blood-stained bed sheet in the dinghy, and an­other per­son said Fletcher dropped the sheet into the sea, the doc­u­ments state. While in Po­lice cus­tody on July 11, Fletcher asked a de­tec­tive for per­mis­sion to use the toi­let then ran out of the Po­lice sta­tion and was caught af­ter a brief foot chase, au­thor­i­ties said. As­so­ci­ated Press

Dean Fletcher, left, was es­corted by a Po­lice of­fi­cer, last month af­ter his ini­tial ap­pear­ance in the District Court of Amer­i­can Samoa in Pago Pago.

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