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Tuesday 15 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Toio Lauteau (42) was convicted today at the Supreme Court of serious causing bodily harm, when he hit his wife twice on the head with a hammer in ‘Ohonua, ‘Eua. He will be sentenced on November 10.
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Tuesday 15 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Talikivaha Palei Posoni was acquitted of possessing cocaine at Te'ekiu, after a Supreme Court judge found that the evidence was insufficient to prove beyond reasonable doubt the offence. There were discrepancies in the evidence because the analyst's report about the substance she received did not match the substance found by police at the accused's house.
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Thursday 10 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vaipulu Ikamanu was discharged on charges relating to the importation of prohibited goods, a .22 rifle and 6,801 ammunitions alleged to have been smuggled in a box from the United States last year. He said, he was only asked to collect it. The judge said S.117 of the act was inconsistent with the Constitution “and I therefore find that S.117 is void.”
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Wednesday 9 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Viliami Talivakaola was discharged at the Supreme Court on charges relating to the importation of prohibited goods, namely a shotgun and 900 ammunitions, alleged to have been smuggled to Tonga in a shipment from the United States last year. He found that the indictment against the accused was faulty.
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Tuesday 8 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ma’ata Pouono (46) was sentenced today to one-year six-months imprisonment, which was fully suspended, for possession of methamphetamine and bribery of a police officer, at Lapaha in 2018. Police seized the methamphetamine hidden inside a diaper in a rubbish bag at the accused's home as well as $1,366 cash found in her wallet.
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Monday 31 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Manase Tonga (42) received a suspended prison sentence on August 28 at the Supreme Court for possession of cannabis, and also a rifle and ammunition without a licence, in two separate incidents in 2018-19. The court was told the accused had begun selling drugs because his work fixing water pumps at the bottom of the village wells presented health and safety hazards, and caused impairments that made it difficult for him to maintain his family.
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Wednesday 26 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 41-year-old man who injured another man with a shovel suffers from mental illness. He was unfit to be tried for the offence, and committed to the Psychiatric Ward at Vaiola Hospital, by the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court.
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Monday 24 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A woman whose flowering trees and plants on a Puke allotment were destroyed by a neighbour who had an interest in the land, has won an appeal in the Supreme Court to receive compensation for the loss of the plants in her private garden. The case involved two parties who had been given informal rights to use the land belonging to Noble Fohe.
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Thursday 20 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tevita Valikoula was convicted today of abetting the theft of 85 kava plants valued at $17,000 pa'anga at Manuka in May 2019. He will be sentenced in October.
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Tuesday 18 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tevita Valikoula was found guilty today at the Supreme Court for receiving stolen properties, namely Tongan (koloa) mats and tapa valued at $19,400 pa'anga. He was detained in Police custody for sentencing on a later date.
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Monday 27 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Anisi Kulufeinga Bloomfield, a former CEO of the Ministry of Revenue and Customs, who is to be extradited to Fiji to be tried for theft and dishonesty allegedly committed between 2011-14, remains on bail in Tonga.
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Friday 24 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Land Court ordered the registration of a tax allotment in 'Utulau to a plaintiff in a land dispute. The plaintiff went to the court when he discovered that the same lot he had applied for was granted to another person, in the estate of Tupouto'a.
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Thursday 23 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A man was sentenced at the Supreme Court to two-years imprisonment for serious indecent assault committed on a young girl in Tongatapu. The judge suppressed information that might reveal the victim's identity.
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Monday 20 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Filomila Kaufusi (28) who pleaded guilty to cultivating 17 cannabis plants at a tax allotment at Hauloto in Tongatapu, received a suspended sentence at the Supreme Court, on July 17.
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Wednesday 8 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lafitani Mahe was convicted of serious housebreaking and theft of properties worth around $34,000 mostly Tongan valuables at a home in Houmakelikao in 2019.
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Thursday 2 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An heir lost his claim in a land dispute against his younger brother and the Minister of Lands. This was after, the Land Court found that when he did not claim it, the land reverted back to the estate holder and there was nothing he could claim as heir.
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Wednesday 1 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two people who pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine at Hofoa in 2018 received suspended sentences, at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court today.
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Monday 29 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Manase Tonga was convicted on two counts of possession of cannabis and nine .22 rifle ammunitions without a license, during a police search of a vehicle at Sopu.
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Tuesday 23 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A prolific thief, Sione Mafi Lolohea (34) was sentenced to seven-years six-months imprisonment for serious housebreaking and theft, when he stole around $19,400 pa'anga worth of heritage koloa in 2019. The judge said the thief had made a life of crime and caused much misery and sorrow to many victims.
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Thursday 18 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Aleki Filikitonga (26) was sentenced to one-year six-months imprisonment, which was fully suspended, for theft of $28,000 pa’anga from the Tonga Development Bank branch in 'Eua.
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