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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.
Wednesday 9 July 2014
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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.
Tuesday 1 July 2014
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A 62-year-old fugitive from the United States, who is wanted by the FBI for wire fraud, will appear at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court on Tuesday, July 22 to appeal against a removal order.
Thursday 26 June 2014
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Four men, including three policemen convicted of manslaughter and assault in relation to the death of New Zealand police officer Kali Fungavaka, will be sentenced on Tuesday, 1 July.
Tuesday 24 June 2014
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Patelesio Mafi (66) received a three-year suspended sentence on Wednesday, June 11 for attacking his nephew Richard Mafi (39) with a machete at the family Ha’amoko Bakery in 2011. He was ordered to pay $1,000 in compensation to the victim.
Thursday 12 June 2014 - 1 comment
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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.
Saturday 7 June 2014 - 1 comment
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Police Inspector Kelepi Hala’ufia and Police Constable Salesi Maile were this morning convicted of manslaughter for the death of New Zealand Police officer Kali Fungavaka in Nuku’alofa in 2012. They are remanded in custody for sentencing.
Friday 6 June 2014
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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.
Friday 30 May 2014
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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.
Thursday 29 May 2014
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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.
Tuesday 27 May 2014
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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”.
Friday 23 May 2014
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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.
Tuesday 20 May 2014
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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.
Monday 19 May 2014
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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.
Friday 16 May 2014 - 3 comments
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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.
Wednesday 14 May 2014
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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.
Monday 12 May 2014
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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.
Thursday 8 May 2014
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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.
Thursday 8 May 2014
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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.
Monday 5 May 2014
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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.
Friday 2 May 2014
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