Two brothers were sentenced to life imprisonment at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa on October 27, after they were found guilty by a jury for the murder of Molisoni Mu’a, who was bashed to death with an iron rod and piece of firewood, in Navutoka on December, 2010.
From the Courts
Tonga’s Chief Justice Hon Michael Dishington Scott has ordered a warrant of arrest for Lord Lasike the Speaker of Parliament, after he defied the conditions of a court order and breached his bail when he travelled to the USA in November and has not returned to Tonga.
Lord Tu’iha’ateiho appeared at the Fasi Magistrate’s Court on December 7, at the beginning of a Preliminary Inquiry into a case of illegal possession of firearms.
Polonga Tau’alupe (20), from Pahu, Kolofo’ou, was sentenced to three years suspended sentence and put on an all night curfew for six months and banned from driving for seven years, by Justice Robert Shuster at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa, on December 6.
The Speaker of Parliament Lord Lasike appeared before Justice Shuster in closed chambers today after he failed to turn up in open court this morning for arraignment.
Justice Robert Shuster ordered a warrant of arrest to be issued for Lord Lasike the Speaker of Parliament, after he did not turn up at the Supreme Court for arraignment on a count of unlawful possession of ammunition, this morning, October 14.
The Speaker of the Tongan Parliament, Lord Lasike is expected to appear at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa today on the charge of unlawful possession of ammunition for .22 rifles.
A 22-year-old man from Ovaka was found guilty on the charge of manslaughter by negligence over the death of a 15-year-old girl from Ha’alaufuli who died after drowning when the small fishing vessel she was on sank on its way from Neiafu to Ovaka Island, on 11 August 2010.
A Crown appeal against sentences initially imposed on the Ashika captain Makahokovalu Tuputupu and the first mate Semisi Pomale was upheld by the Court of Appeal and resulted in a reduction of their sentences.
The Court of Appeal withdrew $1 million out of the total $2 million fine initially imposed by the Supreme Court on the Ashika ferry operator Shipping Corporation of Polynesia Ltd. over the Ashika sinking with the loss of many lives in 2009.