our men who are charged in relation to an armed hold-up and robbery at the Westpac Bank of Tonga, Ma’ufanga branch, are to appear at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court on March 30.
From the Courts
A preliminary inquiry of a police constable charged in relation to the importation and possession of controlled drugs, was adjourned to March 7, at the Nuku’alofa Magistrate’s Court.
Lord Tu’ilakepa, a former Speaker, and current Vava’u Noble’s Representative to the Tonga Parliament, had his firearms and drugs case rescheduled for a week, when the Magistrate’s Court was adjourned due to Tropical Cyclone Jasmine that hit Tongatapu on February 14.
The Speaker of the House, Lord Lasike, will tried from July 4-6 at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa, before the Chief Justice Hon Michael Dishingon Scott and a jury.
A former accounts officer of the Tonga Post Ltd. who has pleaded guilty to five counts of embezzling $22,000 pa’anga, has been warned he can expect a prison sentence.
A prolific burglar was sentenced to six years imprisonment without suspension, for theft of jewellry worth $2,500 from a home at Ma’ufanga.
ord Tu’iha’ateiho will appear at the Nuku’alofa Magistrate’s Court on March 28 for a preliminary inquiry on a charge of unlawful possession of an automatic pistol without a licence.
Two prolific thieves were sentenced to five years and six years imprisonment for a string of housebreakings, and theft of goods worth over $20,000 from 15 different homes, in four towns across the Eastern district of Tongatapu.
Justice Robert Shuster imposed a four years suspended sentence on a 48-year-old father from Ha’ateiho who was convicted of incest and indecent assault, which he committed on his two daughters in 2008.
Lord Tu’iha’ateiho, a Ha’apai Noble’s Representative to the Tongan Parliament, appeared at the Magistrate’s Court on January 23, charged with the illegal possession of a firearm.