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Results for Hon Mr Justice Cato

Tuesday 15 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A jury trial against Viliami Mangisi (59)charged in relation to the seizure of 1.9 kilograms of methamphetamine at Fua‘amotu International Airport in 2018, began at the Supreme Court today.
Thursday 10 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Alifeleti Katoa (44) was acquitted of possession of methamphetamine by a Supreme Court judge, after the Crown failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt the charge against him.
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Wednesday 2 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ma‘ake Kali who was found guilty of the theft of goods valued at around $20,970 pa‘anga from a home in Pili, will be sentenced in November 1 at the Supreme Court.
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Monday 23 September 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kelikupa Maile (33) from Longolongo was convicted of serious housebreaking and theft of goods valued at around $14,990 pa'anga from his neighbour's home in December last year.
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Monday 2 September 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Pangi Puloka was acquitted of possession of the illicit drug, methamphetamine due to insufficient evidence, in Supreme Court ruling on August 29.
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Friday 30 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Supreme Court has rejected an application by ‘Etuate Lavulavu to have a separate trial from his wife ‘Akosita Lavulavu on forgery charges.
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Tuesday 27 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Cash seized by Tonga Police during a search of Sione Filipe Jr's home in relation to a bribery allegation in July, was ordered to be returned to him by the Supreme Court on August 23.
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Tuesday 20 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tevita Funaki Katoa of Ma’ufanga (19) who was found guilty for the murder of Pita ‘Asipolo (44) was sentenced to life imprisonment on August 19, at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa.
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Tuesday 13 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vaha Palei (32) was sentenced to two-years nine-months imprisonment for possession of 20.4 grams methamphetamine seized during a Police search at Te'ekiu.
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Tuesday 30 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lautaimi Tu’itavake (34) of Malapo was sentenced to two-years three-months imprisonment for possession of methamphetamine and cannabis, found on him during his arrest in the Nuku'alofa Central Business District in 2018.
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Friday 26 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three men who were acquitted of manslaughter, due to lack of evidence offered by the Crown, pleaded guilty to a lesser count of common assault in the death of a man in Pelehake, in 2017.
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Friday 12 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vaha Palei (32) who was found guilty of possessing 20.4 grams of methamphetamine at Te’ekiu in May last year, was remanded for sentencing next month.
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Friday 12 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A bail hearing for Paula Naitoko (59) the Senior Customs Officer charged in a major seizure of illicit drugs in April at the Queen Salote Wharf, had his case adjourned to August 9, in a court appearance this morning.
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Friday 28 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Paki mo Talaha Tausinga was found guilty on two counts that included not helping an injured woman pedestrian following an accident in the Nuku'alofa CBD last year. Although the accused was found to be the driver responsible for this collision, he was acquitted of reckless driving, injuring a female pedestrian, because there was uncertainty about the quality of the

 evidence to prove this serious charge.
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Thursday 20 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vitalini Liku’ohihifo (29) was sentenced to one-year nine-months imprisonment, which was fully suspended for reckless driving that caused the death of a male pedestrian in September 2018 in Nualei. “Many a good career and reputation have floundered as a consequence of alcohol abuse, and he would do well to reflect upon this,” the judge said.
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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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