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Friday 31 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 39-year-old former senior loans officer who embezzled from employer, Five Star Finance in 2015 was sentenced to three-years three-months imprisonment on May 31, at the Supreme Court.
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Wednesday 22 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lautaimi Tu’itavake (34) from Malapo has been remanded in custody for sentencing for possession of cannabis and methamphatamine, after a one day trial on May 20 at the Supreme Court.
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Thursday 2 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A deceitful senior loans officer, Finau Heuifanga Vea was convicted of embezzling more than $70,000 pa’anga from her employer, Five Star Finance in 2015. She is remanded in custody for sentencing at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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Wednesday 1 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siokatame Tupou continues to serve a lengthy imprisonment term for attacking and injuring two men with a machete in 2017, after the Appeal Court dismissed his appeal and said, offenders inflicting serious injury with a weapon must ordinarily expect to serve a term of imprisonment.
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Sunday 14 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 30-year-old man was convicted of raping a young woman who was working as cleaner at a guesthouse back in 2017, in Tongatapu.
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Wednesday 10 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 17-year-old youth was found guilty on charges of carnal knowledge of a girl under the age of 15, committed in January last year in Tongatapu.
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Wednesday 3 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Samuela Fonua who pleaded guilty to possession in the seizure of 1.9 kilograms of methamphatamine at Fua’amotu International Airport last year will be sentenced on May 3.
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Tuesday 2 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ngana ‘Alovili was acquitted of reckless driving that caused the death of a pedestrian at Ha’ateiho in 2017, after the Acting Chief Justice was left unconvinced with the evidence presented by the Crown during trial.
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Monday 1 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Viliami Mangisi pleaded not guilty today to charges relating to the seizure of 1.9 kilos of methamphetamine in the departure lounge at Fua’amotu International Airport last year. His co-accused, meanwhile, has pleaded guilty.
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Monday 25 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A businessman of Asian origin was convicted of failing to declare carrying over $10,000 pa’anga at Fua’amotu International Airport last year, and is expected be sentenced in April.
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Monday 18 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Supreme Court judge expressed concern that accused Meth mule Viliami Mangisi (59), was granted bail by a lower court, after he was late for his first appearance at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa this morning. The judge issued a warrant for Mangisi's arrest shortly before he turned up to face charges in relation to the seizure of 1.9 kilos of meth at Fua'amotu Airport departure lounge last year.
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Tuesday 19 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two male teenagers were sentenced to seven and eight-years imprisonment each for violently raping a woman who lived alone, in a deterrent sentence by a Supreme Court judge who said this is to protect women against predatory sexual home invasions. The perpetrators were involved in drugs and alcohol.
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Tuesday 12 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siosateki Uikelotu Tu‘itufu (19) was sentenced to life imprisonment after a jury found him guilty of murdering 18-year-old ‘Ailine Finau, whom he repeatedly assaulted with a machete in February last year.
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Thursday 7 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Deep incisions on parts of the head and neck were among multiple injuries examined on the victim ‘Ailine Finau, according to a pathologist report presented at the trial of Siosateki Uikelotu Tu’itufu (19) who is charged with her murder. A doctor gave evidence of 32 strikes found on her body.
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Monday 4 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siosateki Uikelotu Tu’itufu (19) has pleaded not guilty to the murder of ‘Ailine Finau (18) whom he is accused to have assaulted repeatedly with a machete on February 13, 2018. The murder trial started at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa today.
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Tuesday 29 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In an unanimous verdict this afternoon, a jury found ‘Atonio Moeaki (40) guilty of murdering Dr Sione Feo Lau’i (23). He was sentenced to life imprisonment by a Supreme Court judge.
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Tuesday 29 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The final submissions by legal counsel in the trial of ‘Atonio Moeaki (40) charged with the murder of a young dentist, Dr Sione Feo Lau’i (23,) was completed on January 28 at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa.
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Friday 11 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Severe lacerations were examined on the heads of murder victims Mr Feng Sheng Pei and Mrs Su Jie Wen, when their bodies were brought into Vaiola Hospital, on February 25, 2018, according to medical evidence presented at the murder trial of Sitiveni ‘Esi Muli (17) today in the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court.
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Wednesday 9 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Crown in opening its case today in the murder trial of a Chinese couple, Mr Feng Sheng Pei and Mrs Su Jie Wen, who were found with multiple stab wounds at a vegetable plantation last year, submitted that the accused Sitiveni ‘Esi Muli (17) had intended to commit the murders.
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Wednesday 9 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sitiveni ‘Esi Muli (17) today changed his plea to guilty in regards to two alternative counts of manslaughter in relation to the death of a Chinese couple, Mr Feng Sheng Pei and Mrs Su Jie Wen, who were found with multiple stab wounds at a vegetable plantation on February 25, last year. But the Crown Prosecutor was not satisfied and is continuing with the murder charges.
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