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Results for From the Courts

Thursday 23 November 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tevita Fifita was found guilty of using a vehicle with an unauthorized licence plate and was discharged without conviction on the basis that he pay to court $200 pa’anga compensation, which he had done when a verdict was delivered by a Supreme Court judge on November 17.
Wednesday 22 November 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
World Rugby has increased by 19% its current investment on the Fijian, Samoan and Tongan Rugby Unions and the preparation of their national teams for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Meanwhile Tonga’s Rugby Union is in turmoil after the Supreme Court voided an amendment to its Constitution, and on November 9 appointed the Acting Attorney General to call a meeting to elect a new President, Deputy President and other officers.
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Friday 3 November 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A man accused of reckless driving has been found not guilty in relation to a fatal car crash in Pahu last year that left a driver dead. The accused was alleged to have been in a “race” with the victim. However Hon. Justice Cato in the Supreme Court of Tonga on 25 October, dismissed the charge as he said there was no sufficient evidence.
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Tuesday 31 October 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A New Zealand court has sentenced a 26-year-old Tongan, Malachi Tuilotolava to 24 years’ imprisonment for his commanding role in a drug trafficking haul last year 2016. Malachi was found guilty of supervising the unloading 501 kilograms of Methamphetamine from a boat on a beach in the Northland region of New Zealand. The haul is reportedly the largest importation of drugs into New Zealand.
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Friday 13 October 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 29-year-old man who has been convicted of raping a victim who was asleep at her home in Tongatapu last year, is in custody to be sentenced on October 24.
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Wednesday 11 October 2017
Auckland, New Zealand
A New Zealand court last Tuesday 2 October sentenced former professional rugby player and Tongan prospect, Dylan Halaholo, to nine months’ home detention after he was convicted of committing indecent acts in public on three separate occasions this year. The 23-year-old was last year convicted of the same indecent acts and was put under intensive supervision.
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Friday 6 October 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
Talakai 'Aholelei (65) has pleaded guilty before a New Zealand court for the careless driving of a bus, which resulted in a crash outside Gisborne on Christmas Eve last year. The crash claimed the lives of three Tongan nationals: Sione Taumalolo (11), Talita Fifita (33) and Leotisia Malakai (55).
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Monday 2 October 2017

Wollongong, Australia
A Tongan man in Australia, Tevi Koloamatangi (47), has been found guilty of murder in relation to the shooting of a man outside a nightclub in the city of Wollongong in 2007. A Serbian man, Zlatan Popovic (45), was also found guilty of hiring Tevi as a hitman to conduct the shooting. The pair are expected to be sentenced sometime in October.
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Wednesday 20 September 2017
Auckland, New Zealand
The New Zealand High Court has sentenced a 26-year-old man, Luigi Havea (of Tongan descent) to 10 years and 3 months imprisonment for kidnapping and manslaughter in relation to death of a 50-year-old woman in Auckland last year.
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Saturday 16 September 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Nuku and the Yan Jiang Group Ltd were ordered by the Court of Appeal on 6 September to pay Lord Luani TOP$3,380,335, being the net value of rock that they illegally extracted from a lot of land in Lord Luani’s estate at Malapo.
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Thursday 14 September 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tokaikolo Church (Siasi Tokaikolo ‘ia Kalaisi) has failed to claim ownership over church buildings used by a dissenting congregation in Kolomotu’a. The Tokaikolo Church was seeking control over the property because the Kolomotu’a congregation and their minister had joined a breakaway church called the Mo’ui Fo’ou Fellowship (Mo’ui Fo’ou ‘ia Kalaisi). The property includes the land where the church buildings stand.
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Sunday 10 September 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A fireman was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for assaulting a fellow fire officer with an iron rod at the Central Fire Station in Longolongo last year. The victim suffered a fractured skull.
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Sunday 10 September 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three men, convicted of rape and attempted rape in separate cases that took place in Tongatapu last year, awaits sentencing at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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Thursday 7 September 2017
Auckland, New Zealand
A 26-year-old man in New Zealand, Gustav Sanft (of Tongan heritage), has been found guilty of manslaughter by a New Zealand jury in relation to the death of his 2-year-old daughter, Amokura Daniels-Sanft, in 2016. He was sentenced to four years and four months’ imprisonment today.
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Monday 28 August 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Paula ‘Eukaliti (23) who filed a claim against former employer Puloka Construction Ltd. won $19,962.50 compensation in the Supreme Court, after the middle and index fingers of his right hand were severed above the second joints, during a work accident in 2014.
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Thursday 24 August 2017

Sacramento-California, USA
A Californian court has scheduled a murder trial for two young men of Tongan descent, Tevita Kaihea (21) and Charlie Hola (21), both of Sacramento. The pair have been held in custody since 2015 when they were allegedly involved in a brawl that resulted in the shooting death of a 25-year-old college student Roman Gonzalez in the parking lot of a local college campus. The trial date is set for November 27.
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Thursday 17 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Land Court of Tonga has stopped a man from evicting his aunty from his registered land in Ma'ufanga. The man’s Aunt (52) had been living on the town allotment for all of her life. The court on last week ordered the Minister of Lands to cancel the man’s deed of grant over the property after it was ruled that the Minister and his officers did not make sufficient enquiries into the availability of the land before it was registered to the nephew.
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Friday 4 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nausaimone Kitekei’aho, a man in his 50s, who was convicted of possession of 3,800 grams illicit drug cannabis and bribery of a Tongan Police officer, will be sentenced on 31 August at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court. This was a case where the marijuana and photographs of it were lost by police - but neither the defence nor prosecution made much of it.
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Tuesday 1 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tu'italakitai Afuha'amango from Kolofo'ou was sentenced to five-years for charges including forgery in relation to an application for a Tongan passport.
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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nanise Fifita, the former General Manager of Tonga Broadcasting Commission, has been unsuccessful in an attempt to challenge a decision of the Minister of Public Enterprises in the courts, after her contract renewal was voided by government.
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