A prisoner told the jury-trial for the civilian accused Semisi Kalisitiane Manu in the death of Kali Fungavaka, he saw Manu punch the victim inside cell 7 causing him to fall banging his head hard on the floor. While, another prisoner alleged to have witnessed beforehand the police beating up Kali “like treating an animal”.
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Results for jury trial
The jury trial for the civilian accused of manslaughter in relation to the death of New Zealand Police officer Kali Fungavaka in 2012, began today, Monday May 19 at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court.
The first sitting of Tonga’s Court of Appeal which ended on Wednesday, April 9, in Nuku’alofa delivered judgments, that included reducing a 16-years sentence imposed on a man who sharpened his knife and stabbed his sleeping wife 23 times. The court replaced it with 10-years imprisonment with the final two-years suspended.
Tamasi Kailahi, (23) of Holonga, Tongatapu, walked out a free man from the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court on March 2, after a jury dismissed the Murder and Causing grevious bodily harm charges against him.