Family of a man bashed to death in Tweed make an emotional plea

THE family of a man who died after being bashed to within an inch of his life in Tweed Heads have made an emotional plea for information.

Police says at around 6:15pm on 27 September, 48-year-old Hoani Shaune Love was involved in a fight with another man outside a shopping centre on Wharf Street.

He suffered major head injuries during the altercation and had to be transferred from Tweed Heads Hospital to Gold Coast University Hospital.


Officials says his condition progressively worsened and he died as a result of his injuries on Tuesday September 30.

Tweed/Byron Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Brendon Cullen said police were keen to hear from anyone who saw the fight or has information about the identity of the other man involved.

“Mr Love was well known in the area and was often found congregating with other homeless men in the park or near the shops.

“There would have been plenty of people in the vicinity of the shops at the time and I urge anyone who saw the fight to come forward and contact police.

“We are particularly keen to speak to a man who has been described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 183cm tall and aged in his 20s with long brown hair,” Det Insp Cullen said.

Mr Love’s daughter Toni flew to Australia to be with him after the assault and spoke to police about the effect his death has had on her family.

“The loss has affected our family hugely, we can’t understand why this has happened and we just want answers as to why he was attacked.

“My dad had one grandchild, my daughter Eden and fortunately she got the chance to meet him but now that he’s gone she has lost her grandfather and her opportunity to know about her Maori heritage.

“My dad’s life was cut short at such a young age and nobody deserves to lose someone in such a senseless and violent way.

“I’d just like to ask anybody who has any information or the person responsible to come forward and make themselves known to police so my family can have the closure that we deserve,” said Toni Taufale

Police are urging anyone with information about this incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.