Three cars were stolen from the Nuku’alofa area early on Saturday May 11, in separate incidents, and a driver was admitted to hospital with serious injuries after one of the stolen vehicles crashed, Tonga Police reported.
Police and Crime
The Tonga Police makes two to three arrests a week for domestic violence, which is a tiny tip of the iceberg, while statistics revealed a drop in the rate of reporting the crime to the police, which causes concern, said Police Commissioner Grant O’Fee on April 15. By Linny Folau
A very high-ranking Tongan police officer was dismissed last month for serious misconduct after he took a prisoner to his home in Nuku’alofa on New Year’s Day. The prisoner attacked the officer’s wife while he left the house.
Two men age 24 and 51 have been charged for the rape of a mentally disadvantaged 20-year-old woman alleged to have taken place separately at different times in Pangai two-years-ago.
The Tonga Police are investigating evidence of a brutal beating of young male students by another male student, said to be a prefect, in a corporal punishment rite captured on a grainy video that was posted on the internet You-Tube last week and quickly spread to other webpages.
Tonga Police are investigating the homicide death of a young man who died in a machete attack in a village hall in Vava‘u.
Training Tongan law enforcement officers how to detect concealed drugs, particularly methamphetamine, was the aim of a Drug Identification Course held at the Tonga Defence Services headquarters on March 26-27.
Three Tongans have been deported from New Zealand while another person left voluntarily as a result of their criminal records being wiped-off by Tonga Police. Australia has also cancelled the visas of three Tongans while a fourth visa is being considered for cancellation. Meanwhile, the Tonga Police are continuing to investigate a practice that the Police Commissioner said had damaged Tonga’s reputation because official documents with the police letterhead were sent telling a lie to gain access to another country.
Two robbers who allegedly stole $10,000 cash in foreign currency after assaulting a woman shopkeeper at a Chinese shop in ‘Ohonua, ‘Eua on Friday night March 1, remain at large.
Tonga’s Deputy Commissioner of Police Taniela Faletau (56) has taken up voluntary retirement effective March 1, after over 30-years of service. Trained in New Zealand the top cop was farewelled with a parade at the Police Headquarters in Longolongo, on Wednesday February 20.