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Tuesday 14 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Faka‘anaua ‘Akau (22) was today sentenced to additional 30-months imprisonment at Hu'atolitoli Prison for escaping lawful custody, serious housebreaking and theft committed in 'Eua. He is currently in prison for previous offences.
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Monday 13 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 32 year old man was shot in the arm by the Police, after he allegedly used a .22 handgun to point and shoot at Police, during the raid of a suspect's home at Hala'ovave, Tongatapu, yesterday, September 12.
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Tuesday 7 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A man who stole over $20,000 worth of goods from his employer in Nuku'alofa, was sentenced to three-years six-months imprisonment for serious housebreaking and theft. However, because he was a young first offender and had pleaded guilty, the judge showed leniency and suspended the sentence for three years.
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Monday 6 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A couple were found guilty on joint counts of possessing 3.82 grams of methamphetamine and 22.6 grams of cannabis, seized in a police raid at a residence selling illicit drugs in Sopu, Nuku'alofa.
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Monday 6 September 2021

Auckland, New Zealand
New York Times reporting: A man who wounded seven people in a West Auckland supermarket and was shot dead by police had been under surveillance for months. The New Zealand government had been trying to expedite counterterrorism legislation in Parliament to give law enforcement officials a legal way to take him back into custody.
Friday 8 January 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Police arrested 230 people during ‘Operation Finau’ over the Christmas and New Year holidays from 21 December 2020 to 4 January 2021. The Police Drug Enforcement Taskforce also arrested 18 people and seized cannabis and methamphetamine from 16-30 December 2020.
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Friday 9 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 33-year-old man was arrested with 11 packs of methamphetamine (4.02 grams) on Vuna Road at Ma’ufanga on Wednesday, 7 October.
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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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