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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.
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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Monday 7 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sitiveni ‘Esi Muli (17) today pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including murder in relation to the death of a Chinese couple, Mr Feng Sheng Pei and Mrs Su Jie Wen who were found dead with multiple stab wounds at a bush allotment last year. A co-accused Sami Kaho Jr. (15) will now become a witness for the Crown, after charges against him were dismissed.
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Wednesday 12 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 35-year-old woman who was convicted of serious fraudulent conversion by a government servant in Vava’u was sentenced to three-years and three-months imprisonment on December 10, at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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Friday 7 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sami Likiliki Fisilau (52) was sentenced to two and a half-years imprisonment after pleading guilty to serious bodily harm and domestic violence committed on his 44-year-old wife in Vaini last year. “Domestic issues are no justification or excuse for violence and domestic abuse will be met with firm penalties," Mr Justice Cato told him.
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Tuesday 20 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A stepfather was sentenced to 12 and a half years imprisonment for numerous offences that included serious indecent assault of his two young stepdaughters and raping one of them. The mother (42) who helped him commit some of these serious sexual offences was sentenced to seven years and three months imprisonment. The judge agreed that the offendings constituted a grave breach of trust and the sentence imposed should reflect it.
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Tuesday 30 October 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siosaia Latu was found guilty of serious arson of a motor vehicle valued at $16,000 pa’anga at a home in Havelu in November 2015. After a fight earlier that day, he encouraged his uncle to burn a van.
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Monday 29 October 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 23-year-old man, Halahone Taliai, was sentenced to 13-years imprisonment for the callous manslaughter of ‘Aiveni Tui (36), whom he struck with a machete at Vaini in 2016. His younger brother, Sosefo Malimali Vea, received two years and 3 months sentence, after being convicted on a lesser count..
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Monday 8 October 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Uasi Musika (48) was convicted on two counts of possession of cannabis seeds and plant material seized by Tonga Police at a property in Fo’ui last year.
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Monday 24 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A stepfather was found guilty by a Supreme Court judge, on numerous counts that included serious indecent assault of his two young step-daughters and raping one of them, while the mother was found guilty of helping him commit several of these serious sexual offences, which took place last year in Tongatapu. Name suppression was ordered by the judge to protect the identity of the victims.
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Wednesday 5 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Prosecutions for illicit drugs in Tonga may be in jeopardy, a judge has warned, after discharging a man charged with possession of methamphetamine, due to the prosecution's failure to admit analyst evidence, at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa on August 29. Hon. Mr Justice Cato said new legislation is urgently required in Tonga regarding analyst evidence of drug identity or there will be serious consequences for law enforcement and the health of Tongans.
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