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Tuesday 16 August 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Tu’iha’ateiho appeared at the Nuku’alofa Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 15 August and had his case committed to the Supreme Court for arraignment on Friday, 23 September.
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Monday 15 August 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siokivaha Timani was sentenced to four-years and nine-months imprisonment for causing grievous bodily harm when he stabbed Tesimoni Funaki with a knife, causing injuries to his back and right lung in February last year, at Navutoka.
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Friday 12 August 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Semisi Lolohea (27) and Monalisa Manumu’a (25) were sentenced to nine-years imprisonment for the manslaughter death of ‘Eneasi Tu’ineau (48), a father of six children, who was beaten to death with heavy sticks in 2013, at Afa in Tongatapu.
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Thursday 11 August 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Tu’iha’ateiho is expected to appear at the Nuku’alofa Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 15 August on numerous charges including common assault, unlawful imprisonment and possession of unlicensed ammunition in relation to a public disturbance earlier this year.
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Wednesday 27 July 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Iketau (18) was sentenced to three-years imprisonment for sodamizing a child under the age of 12 at Lapaha, Tongatapu in June last year. The accused, a first time offender was unemployed and relied on his parents who are missionaries for support.
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Tuesday 26 July 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A woman is entitled to feel safe in her own home. Home invasion accompanied by sexual offending is not uncommon in Tonga possibly as a consequence of the limited security many homes have, a Supreme Court judge said when sentencing Paneti Sa (18) to five-years imprisonment for the predatory and callous crime when he raped a 27-year-old pregnant woman in her own home in Tongatapu, last year.
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Monday 11 July 2016
In compliance with a court order, the Tonga National Rugby League will hold its 2016 Annual General Meeting to be held this week on Friday 15 July 2016 at the Tonga Amateur Sports Association Office, Haveluloto.
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Friday 24 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men of Chinese origin who hid tobacco in tea bags were found guilty of smuggling and failing to declare to Tonga Customs tobacco in excess of the legal limit when the men arrived at Fua’amotu International Airport, in April last year.
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Friday 24 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mr Xiao Long Fang was fined $9,000 pa’anga to be paid within 48-hours from 23 June or face six-months imprisonment for importing a large number of counterfeit exercise books manufactured in China, which he falsely represented to have been from New Zealand’s Croxley Stationery Ltd.
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Wednesday 1 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Women need to be protected from predatory behaviour in their own homes, said a judge in sentencing Lopeti Talafekau Soafa (18) to four-years imprisonment for the attempted rape of a 23-year-old volunteer from Japan in October last year, at Tofoa.
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Wednesday 1 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siosaia Langi Naufahu (54) was sentenced to five and a half-years imprisonment for grievous bodily harm for pouring a pot of boiling water on his wife in a “cruel and callous” deliberate action at their home in Sopu last year. The victim, the mother of their nine children, was put on life support with 35 to 40 percent burns of her total body surface area and suffered permanent injury from the terrifying experience.
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Tuesday 17 May 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A quarrel with another person at Ha’ateiho resulted in a complaint laid against Lord Tu’iha’ateiho, that led to police executing a search warrant at the noble’s home earlier this month. The noble appeared at the Magistrate’s Court today on various charges, and his case was adjourned to Tuesday, 24 May.
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Tuesday 17 May 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A civil servant, Poasi Ngaluafe (49) has been charged with reckless and drunk driving in relation to the death of a man who was allegedly sitting in the middle of By-Pass Road at Longolongo early Sunday morning, 8 May.
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Monday 16 May 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Drunk driver, Malolo ‘Inia (31) whose vehicle crashed into a property and killed a woman near her house, at Ma’ufanga on New Year’s Day 2015, was sentenced to three-years imprisonment.
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Friday 13 May 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Uini Kava (46) is the man who died after he was allegedly run over by a vehicle while sitting in the middle of By-Pass Road in Longolongo early Sunday morning, 8 May.
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Friday 13 May 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Supreme Court judge dismissed an appeal filed by a letter writer, Kele’a newspaper and two others in a defamation case that awarded judgment and costs against them back in 2013.
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Friday 6 May 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vaka Fanua (20) was sentenced to three-years imprisonment after being convicted for reckless driving that caused the death of a minibus driver Tikisinale Kena on a road in Feletoa, Vava’u, on August 19, 2015.
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Tuesday 26 April 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A visiting Tongan couple from New Zealand who wanted to adopt a young girl had their application rejected by the Supreme Court on Friday, April 22. The couple intended to take the 5 year-old to be raised in their home in Christchurch. However, the court concluded that the child was better off living in Tonga.
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Wednesday 20 April 2016

Salt Lake City, Utah
Utah gang member, Nitokalisi Fonua has asked for forgiveness from the families of his two victims during his sentencing by a Salt Lake City court last Saturday April 16. Nitokalisi was sentenced to 40 years’ imprisonment for the murder of Viliami Latu (34) in 2007 and Krystal Flores (22) in 2009.
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Tuesday 19 April 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Havea Folau will have his name registered in a town allotment at Vaini village in Tongatapu, ordered the Lord Chief Justice who found that the Minister of Lands had no power in this circumstance to cancel the grant or make a grant of this same piece of land and register it in the name of another person, in a ruling on 18 April in the Land Court of Tonga in Nuku’alofa.
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