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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.
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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Friday 14 July 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A judgment on a judicial review filed by the former General Manager of Tonga Broadcasting Commission Nanise Fifita against government, on the termination of her contract is expected to be released on Friday, July 21.
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Thursday 13 July 2017
Auckland, New Zealand
In the New Zealand High Court yesterday, two men of Tongan descent, Luigi Havea (26) and Panepasa Havea, were found guilty of the kidnapping and manslaughter of a 50-year-old Thai woman, Jindarat Prutsiriporn.
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Tuesday 11 July 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tevita Hafoka (27) was sentenced to five-years and nine-months imprisonment after pleading guilty to manslaughter, when he stabbed a 23-year-old man with a small knife during a confrontation in Nuku’alofa on July 11, 2015.
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Thursday 22 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A judgement on a judicial review filed by the former General Manager of Tonga Broadcasting Commission Nanise Fifita against government, on the termination of her contract is expected to be made next week.
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Tuesday 20 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sio Vaka (20) was acquitted of manslaughter in relation to the stabbing death of Lipine Fakatene (33) in January last year, after a Supreme Court judge ruled this was self-defence during a tragic altercation at Fua'amotu. “Knives and other weapons should not be carried by young men for the purpose of fighting and this case is a demonstration of the very tragic consequences that can occur when they are,” said the Judge.
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Friday 16 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An angry, drunken man who wilfully set fire to a relative's house at Tatakamotonga, Tongatapu, was found guilty of serious arson, in the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on 14 June.
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Thursday 15 June 2017

Seattle, USA
A young US Tongan woman in Seattle, Melissa Prisila Langi (23), is being charged with 10 counts of first-degree assault by a US Court for her participation in four separate drive-by shootings. She was arrested by Seattle Police last month May 26, in connection to the shootings.
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Tuesday 13 June 2017

Salt Lake City-Utah, USA
Two women and one man of Tongan descent in Utah, are facing federal charges of drug trafficking and conspiracy to distribute Methamphetamine in the Salt Lake City area. The three are Makasini Lomu (50) of West Valley City, Siosifina Ositamani (41) of Salt Lake City, and Timote Fangupo (36) of West Jordan.
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