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Sunday 17 November 2019

Salt Lake City, Utah
A Salt Lake City jury have convicted a female migrant from Tonga, Alavina Florreich (70), of childhood sex abuse against Avrohom Zippel, now a 28-year-old man. Despite there being no evidence of the alleged abuse, the jury were compelled to find Alavina guilty on all counts. She is scheduled to be sentenced early next year and could face life imprisonment, although she plans to appeal.
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Wednesday 24 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Police have seized a large amount of a substance believed to be methamphetamine imported at Queen Salote Wharf in Nuku'alofa.
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Friday 14 September 2018

San Mateo, California
Police in California are urging anyone who may have been victimized by a 62-year-old man Latu Kamisese Lavaki (originally from Tonga) to contact law enforcement. The San Mateo County Sherriff’s Office, in the US, released a media statement on Wednesday, calling Lavaki a “prolific sexual predator”.
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Wednesday 22 August 2018

New South Wales, Australia
A former female prison guard in Australia, Amy Mershell Connors (34), appeared in a New South Wales court on Monday 20 August, where she entered a no plea against charges alleging that she engaged in a 12-month-long sexual affair with a Tongan prisoner Sione Penisini.
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Monday 26 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An escaped convict, ‘Amoni Fifita (34), was sentenced to eight years imprisonment by the Tonga Supreme Court for the armed robbery of a store in Kolovai last year 2017. The getaway driver and father of 16 children, Pakileata Fukofuka (48), was sentenced to 3½ years jail with 18 months suspended.
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Friday 1 September 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three suspects have been arrested and charged for allegedly entering a room at the Tanoa Hotel early on August 30 and stealing a laptop and four flash drives, belonging to a team of Australian heart surgeons.
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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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Sunday 14 May 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
A shooting early Sunday morning at the Vava’u Lahi Night Club in Manukau, New Zealand, has left one man seriously injured with a shot in the leg. One of the walls at the nightclub was shattered.
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Tuesday 10 January 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Police have named Saia Tapueluelu from Fungamisi as the 28-year-old man charged with the death of 17-year-old Kelekolio Fahiua in Neiafu on New Year's Eve.
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Friday 3 June 2016

Yaren, Nauru
Nauru has abolished its death penalty and decriminalised homosexuality after recently amending its criminal code. Tonga and Papua New Guinea remain the only two countries in the Pacific to retain the death penalty for crimes such as murder, while six Pacific countries still criminalize homosexuality, including Tonga.
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Tuesday 29 March 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 32-year-old father has been arrested and charged in relation to injuring his 13-year-old daughter when he allegedly hit her on the leg with a hammer at Pili in Tongatapu.
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Wednesday 2 December 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
We are a people destined for failure because of the corruption we have allowed in our government. Crime is on a steep rise but that is to be expected...when our leaders set such a poor example. We have lost all dignity as a people. – ‘Aisea ‘Amanaki.
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Tuesday 17 June 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
While Tonga's crime level remains about the same compared to last year, the number of common assaults and thefts has decreased, according to Tonga Police data on criminal offences that occurred between January and May this year 2014.
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Wednesday 14 March 2012
'Eua, Tonga
A 27-year-old woman has been charged with 24 counts for alleged embezzlement, falsification of accounts and theft, valued at $99,000 from her former employer, the Melie Mei Langi Company, 'Eua branch.
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Saturday 11 February 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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.
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Saturday 11 February 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A prolific burglar was sentenced to six years imprisonment without suspension, for theft of jewellry worth $2,500 from a home at Ma'ufanga.
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Thursday 12 February 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Paula Fonoifua received a suspended sentence of two years today for riotous assembly and breaking into the Molisi Tonga Supermarket and Leiola Duty Free Shop during the riots of November 16, 2006, in Nuku'alofa.
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Tuesday 23 December 2008
Suva, Fiji
Two Tongan nationals in police detention in Korovou will be flown out of the country on the first available flight to Tonga.
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Friday 7 November 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The ringleader of an armed robbery who shot and injured a man at a Nuku‘alofa carpark, was a professional criminal who had been let out of prison early for previous armed robbery and then reoffended.
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Tuesday 1 July 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Five men are being detained in custody on charges relating to the armed robbery and shooting that took place outside the Westpac Bank of Tonga branch at the Si'i Kae Ola shopping centre on May 26.
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