Four young men of Lauli'i village on the east coast of Upolu Island have been charged by Samoa Police with murder following an investigation into the death of a man last week.

According to Police spokesperson Auapa'au Logoitino Filipo, a man had taken a taxi from Apia to Lauli'i where he allegedly ran off without paying his fare.

He was caught by some young men of the village and was put into the taxi boot and driven to the police station but was dead on arrival.

Auapa'au did not release names of the arrested men and the victim has also yet to be named.

The four will appear in court 30 April.