Hon Justice Cato sentenced Police Inspector Kelepi Hala’ufia to 11 years and Police Constable Salesi Maile to nine years in the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court this morning, 9 July.
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Results for manslaughter
Sentencing of the two policemen convicted of the convicted of manslaughter in the death of New Zealand Police Officer Kali Fungavaka in 2012 has been adjourned until next week, on Wednesday, July 9 at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court.
The death of Kali Fungavaka was a tragedy for everyone, the Police Commissioner Grant O’Fee said, after hearing the verdict in the manslaughter trial of the five arresting officers at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court yesterday, June 6.
A jury today found Semisi Kalisitiane Manu not guilty of manslaughter, but convicted him on an alternative charge of grievous bodily harm in relation to Kali Fungavaka’s death.
Closing submissions from counsel in the jury-trial into the death of Kali Fungavaka was completed today with final direction from the judge expected tomorrow May 30, before the jury retires to deliberate on a verdict.
A surgeon specialist told the jury-trial into the death of Kali Fungavaka today that the deceased had sustained head injuries that included multiple skull fractures on the top of his head, when examined upon admission to Vaiola Hospital on August 18, 2012.
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”.
The father of the accused civilian Semisi Kalistiane Manu who is on jury trial for manslaughter in the death of Kali Fungavaka, said he witnessed the police beating up Kali at the Nuku’alofa Police Station.
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.
In sentencing Fifita ‘Ofa (35) to 13-years imprisonment for the death of her 14-year-old daughter last August, and imposing prison sentences on two others, a Supreme Court judge said today in denouncing their conduct that the repeated beating of the child by her mother and uncle was extremely cruel, and a paramount sentencing was considered to protect children and young persons from violence.
Verdicts in the trial of five policemen accused of manslaughter in Kali Fungavaka’s death are expected to be delivered on June 6, at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court.
Final submissions from counsel in the trial of five policemen accused in Kali Fungavaka’s death started today but its publication was suppressed by the judge at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court.
The sentencing of a mother who pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the death of her 14-year-old daughter who she severely assaulted last year was adjourned to Friday, May 16. Two other family members will also be sentenced in relation to the death.
Closing submissions from counsel in the trial of five policemen charged with manslaughter in Kali Fungavaka’s death was further adjourned on Wednesday May 7, at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court.
A jury trial for the accused civilian Semisi Kalistiane Manu who faces manslaughter charges in relation to Kali Fungavaka’s death is expected to begin on Monday, May 12. The first trial of the five accused policemen charged with the same offence is to end this week with counsel submissions.
A mother who pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the death of her 14-year-old daughter whom she severely assaulted last August will be sentenced on Wednesday May 7, at the Nuku‘alofa Supreme Court. The girl died of septic shock and multiple organ failure days after a prolonged beating by her accused family members, who then left her without medical care.
The five policemen accused of manslaughter in the death of Kali Fungavaka have chosen not to give evidence in the trial at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court after the Crown concluded its final witness today, May 1. The trial continues on Monday, May 5 with submissions from counsel.
The accused Police Constables Salesi Maile and Fatai Faletau had in their Record of Interviews denied assaulting Kali Fungavaka when he was in custody on the night of August 17, 2012 at the Nuku’alofa Police station.
A 21-year-old prisoner detained in a cell on the night Kali Fungavaka was brought into the custody told the court today, he used a piece of mirror and saw police officers in overalls beating Kali Fungavaka in front of the search room at the Nuku’alofa Police station.
A prisoner who was detained in a cell at the Nuku’alofa Police station told the court today he saw through a mirror the accused Police Inspector holding Kali Fungavaka in a chokehold and two other officers punching the victim, while another accused officer later stomped on his head.