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Results for Hon Mr Justice Cato

Thursday 1 February 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hekisou Fifita (48) who pleaded guilty and was convicted of carrying a .22 rifle inside a bar in Nuku’alofa with the intention to commit an offence, received a fully suspended sentence on January 26, at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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Friday 22 December 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Petelo Tapueluelu who pleaded guilty to the manslaughter death of Kelekolio Fahiua in Neiafu received a fully suspended jail sentence on December 7.
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Thursday 21 December 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mumuhu Pou’uhila (18) was sentenced to three and a half years imprisonment for causing grievous bodily harm to Nelesoni Tu’itavake, when he threw a brick hitting his face causing him to go blind in the eye.
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Thursday 23 November 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tevita Fifita was found guilty of using a vehicle with an unauthorized licence plate and was discharged without conviction on the basis that he pay to court $200 pa’anga compensation, which he had done when a verdict was delivered by a Supreme Court judge on November 17.
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Friday 13 October 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 29-year-old man who has been convicted of raping a victim who was asleep at her home in Tongatapu last year, is in custody to be sentenced on October 24.
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Friday 4 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nausaimone Kitekei’aho, a man in his 50s, who was convicted of possession of 3,800 grams illicit drug cannabis and bribery of a Tongan Police officer, will be sentenced on 31 August at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court. This was a case where the marijuana and photographs of it were lost by police - but neither the defence nor prosecution made much of it.
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Tuesday 1 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tu'italakitai Afuha'amango from Kolofo'ou was sentenced to five-years for charges including forgery in relation to an application for a Tongan passport.
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Tuesday 11 July 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tevita Hafoka (27) was sentenced to five-years and nine-months imprisonment after pleading guilty to manslaughter, when he stabbed a 23-year-old man with a small knife during a confrontation in Nuku’alofa on July 11, 2015.
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Thursday 25 May 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Paletili Afu (33) who pleaded guilty to various counts including reckless driving causing the death of a one-year-old baby boy during a collision on the road in 2016, received a two and a half-years suspended sentence, at the Supreme Court on 18 May. The judge noted with concern that it is not uncommon for passengers to be thrown from cars or trucks, during collisions of unworthy vehicles on Tonga's roads.
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Wednesday 10 May 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Heamani Lopeti who was charged with armed robbery using a pistol at a Chinese store in Longlongo on March 25, 2016 got off the charges after identification evidence was rejected in the courts. The Judge expressed concern over Tonga Police's failure to adopt proper identification procedure, saying that it was at best "careless".
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Friday 18 November 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four Tongan nationals, including two former civil servants who pleaded guilty to charges in a Tongan passport forgery case were all sent to Hu'atolitoli Prison on Friday, November 18 after being sentenced at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court.
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Friday 11 November 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The sentencing of four Tongan nationals, including two former civil servants on charges in a Tongan passport forgery case was adjourned from today to be held on Friday, November 18 at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa.
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Wednesday 2 November 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Six Georgian nationals who received two-years suspended sentence each after pleading guilty to knowingly dealing with forged documents, when they entered Tonga on stolen Greek passports in September, have each paid their $1,000 pa’anga fine to the Supreme Court and are still in the country.
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Wednesday 2 November 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four Tongan nationals, including two former civil servants, will be sentenced on Friday, November 11 after pleading guilty to charges in a Tongan passport forgery trial on September 13.
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Wednesday 26 October 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Six Georgian nationals who pleaded guilty to knowingly dealing with forged documents, after entering Tonga on stolen Greek passports, were each given two-years suspended prison sentences, and ordered to pay $1,000 pa'anga each to the Supreme Court today. They are ordered to leave Tonga within two weeks, ordered a Supreme Court judge in Nuku'alofa.
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Tuesday 27 September 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The fate of three young men tried for serious housebreaking and theft is expected to be delivered this week in a Supreme Court verdict. The three contractual workers were jointly charged of serious housebreaking and theft of more than $20,000 pa'anga cash from Pactrade Tonga in March this year.
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Wednesday 14 September 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four Tongan nationals, including two former civil servants, will be sentenced on 11 November after changing their plea to guilty to charges in a Tongan passport forgery trial that began at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on 13 September. The case involves a passport application using a forged Tongan birth certificate of a person who does not exist.
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