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Friday 17 May 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Eva ‘Ailolo (aka ‘Eva ‘i Pomana Tau’ese) is serving nine months imprisonment for embezzlement of $72,857 pa’anga from Tonga Development Bank accounts, while working as a teller in Vava’u.
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Thursday 2 May 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sitiveni Tukuafu (28), a first time offender, was sentenced to two-years’ imprisonment with some part suspended for three charges that included possession of 4.78 grams of methamphetamine seized at Hofoa.
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Wednesday 1 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hemaloto Manukailea (50) was sentenced to 19-months imprisonment with part suspended for causing serious bodily harm, when he punched another man, fracturing his jaw, outside a bar in Nuku’alofa, on a night out of drinking alcohol. “The public must be protected from violence and the streets of Tonga must be safe places for the community. The custody threshold has been passed; this offence is so serious only a prison sentence is merited,” the judge said.
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Wednesday 1 May 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mosese Mafile’o Uasike (39) was sentenced on 23 April to eight months imprisonment, partially suspended, for charges, including possession of 0.99 grams of methamphetamine, in a drug bust at Kolomotu'a in September 2023. He concealed meth inside a vape.
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Wednesday 1 May 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A father of four, Sosaia Fifita (36) was jailed for charges including possession of 1.16 grams of methamphetamine during a drug bust in Tofoa last year. A repeat offender, his problem with methamphetamine use dated back to 2009. The judge set the starting point at 24 months “in the light of his continued and determined drug dealing.”
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Friday 12 April 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vaha Afimeimo'unga (41) will serve 12 months in prison, for two counts of possession of a .22 rifle and ammunition without a license, which he committed while on bail for other offences.
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Aisea Havea (35) and Kaniteli Guttenbeil (33) who were caught red-handed sitting in their car with eight small packets of cannabis and a pipe in an open bag between them at Popua, were found guilty of possession and sentenced to jail terms.
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Tuesday 9 April 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kelekolio Fonua (23) and Andy Fukofuka (38) were jailed for charges that included serious housebreaking, theft and receiving stolen goods worth $15,403 from Tupou High School at Nukunuku. Alcohol and illicit drug abuse have been a feature of life for both men. Fukofuka had breached a suspended sentence. A probation report said, “he does not support his community and is a malign presence”.
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Monday 8 April 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Pita Talanoa (44) was sentenced to nine-years 10-months imprisonment on three separate sets of offences concerning illicit drugs including possession of 24.43 grams methamphetamine, as well as being re-sentenced for a further drugs offence. The judge said Talanoa's offending was remorseless: “He will serve a substantial sentence, because this offending deserves it. ...the public need to be protected from his venal behaviour.”
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Wednesday 27 March 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Christopher Taufa (38) was jailed for causing grievous bodily harm when he used a branch or a piece of timber to attack his neighbour during a drink-up in 2022. The attack was extreme. Justice Cooper sentenced him to 30-months' imprisonment, with the last six months suspended on conditions on 26 March, at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa.
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Wednesday 27 March 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An intoxicated driver, Tepi Angilau, is serving 10-months in prison for causing serious bodily harm to her partner at the time, who was a passenger, when she was driving under the influence of alcohol on a night out.
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Monday 11 March 2024
Neiafu police cell

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Taliai Tapueluelu (36) and Penitiketo Latu (27) are serving two-years in prison for serious causing bodily harm, when in Neiafu they repeatedly kicked an unconscious man on the head with their boots, in what the Acting Lord Chief Justice described as an outrageous abuse of police powers, when sentencing them.
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Monday 11 March 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siosiua Vea (37) was sentenced to two-years two-months imprisonment, partially suspended, for serious fraudulent conversion, when he scammed $15,000 from a couple whom were paying for a vehicle advertised on facebook.
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Thursday 7 March 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Andy Fukofuka is serving six-months in prison for abetment to the theft of a boat engine, after losing his appeal to the Supreme Court.
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Thursday 7 March 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Pongi (36) is serving 16-months imprisonment for drugs offences, after the Supreme Court replaced his original 10-months sentence imposed by the Magistrates Court, in a successful appeal by the Crown against sentence. “That he cooperated with the police I respectfully consider irrelevant when in reality he was caught red handed,” stated the judge.
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Tuesday 5 March 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A fraudulent online car dealer, Filimone To‘aho (43), was sentenced to seven years imprisonment with the final year suspended for eight charges of receiving a total of $243,486 by false pretences in a scam on Facebook. His victims, six women and two men, included a prince.
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Friday 1 March 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Raymond Ngaue (34) was sentenced to one year imprisonment with a portion suspended on two charges that included possession of 89.38 grams of cannabis seized at Sopu in 2023.
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Wednesday 7 February 2024
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Petelo Le’ohau (33) was sentenced to 12-months in prison, with half the time suspended on conditions, for possession of illicit drugs in two set of offences, including possession of 0.33 grams of methamphetamine.
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Friday 2 February 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Repeat offender, Sione Tu’ifua (35) from Kolofo’ou who is currently serving seven-years imprisonment for serious housebreaking, theft and arson received additional jail time for theft of a delivery truck and items at Ma’ufanga.
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Wednesday 31 January 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A sleep-deprived, unlicensed driver, who nodded off at the wheel after refusing to hand over the driving to another, will go to prison for reckless driving causing the death of her aunt, a passenger, who was sleeping in the back of her car when it crashed into a power pole in eastern Tongatapu.
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