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Results for Lord Chief Justice O. G. Paulsen

Thursday 18 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Simi Moala (28) was found guilty by a jury of reckless driving that caused the death of a five-year-old boy at Tatakamotonga last year.
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Friday 14 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s former Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano pleaded not guilty today to a total of 15 charges, with 12 of those charges including perjury and accepting bribes, relating to the issuance of Tongan passports, and three charges for possession of firearms and ammunition without a license.
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Friday 14 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Epuefi Holiday Laimani was found guilty of possession of the illciit drug methamphetamine seized at a hut in Hofoa in August last year.
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Wednesday 22 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mele Tokilupe Hausia (24) received a two-year suspended sentence for three charges, including forging a Government bond while an employee of the National Reserve Bank of Tonga. “I consider the accused’s offending was audacious,” the judge stated.
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Friday 17 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A hearing on an appeal by the Crown against a ruling by a Magistrate discharging four counts against former Prime Minister Lord Tu'ivakano, namely for accepting bribes by a government servant was heard on May 17 at the Supreme Court.
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Tuesday 14 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Broadcom Ltd. was fined $1,500 pa’anga to be paid within 60 days after being convicted of broadcasting an interview of the Deputy Prime Minister Semisi Sika on the polling day of Tonga's General Election in 2017. The judge found that the broadcast was a clear expression of support for the candidate.
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Wednesday 8 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A re-offender, Pouono ‘Aisake (29) was sentenced to six-years imprisonment after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, when he hit a Senior Police Constable with a machete on the head, in August 2018. The judge found that the accused when angry poses a serious danger to society.
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Tuesday 7 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Emilio To’a has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Siaosi ‘Okusitino Tupa, who died after being stabbed multiple times with a knife during a drunken brawl at Fangaloto in March, 2018.
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Tuesday 26 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Loseli Tonga (28) was sentenced to six-years and nine-months imprisonment for reckless driving that caused the death of three of his passengers, during a tragic crash in Leimatu'a in 2017.
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Tuesday 19 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 23-year-old woman was allowed a fully suspended prison sentence of 21 months after being convicted of reckless driving causing grievous bodily harm to a woman in Havelu last year, when she drove while under the influence of alcohol.
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Monday 11 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Tu'ivakano had his trial tentatively set to start in September after appearing at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa on March 11.
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Thursday 21 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An application for adoption made by the natural parents who wanted to adopt their own three illegitimate children, was declined by Tonga's Chief Justice in an unusual case.
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Wednesday 20 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Maikolo ‘Ealelei (20), a habitual thief, was sentenced to four years imprisonment for serious housebreaking when he stole around $34,000 pa’anga worth of items at a home in Tofoa last year. “It is a distressingly common offence committed in the main by young men. It is a very serious problem in Tonga to which there must be a strong response,” the Chief Justice stated.
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Wednesday 30 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hateni Kaufusi (32) was sentenced to five-years nine-months imprisonment for manslaughter, when he stabbed Tolifili Tu'alau with a pair of scissors during a fight at Te’ekiu in February last year.
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Thursday 13 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 20-year-old man was sentenced to 11-years imprisonment after he broke into a house, abducted a girl at night and committed serious indecent assault on the child, in June this year at Navutoka. Lord Chief Justice Paulsen said the offending was truly abhorrent.
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Thursday 29 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Pacific Games plaintiffs who are trying to sue the Kingdom of Tonga for multi-million pa'anga damages over its cancelling of the Pacific Games hosting in 2019, have been given leave to amend their claims, after the Chief Justice found their statement of claim was seriously defective. The defendant, the Kingdom of Tonga, had applied to strike out / or stay the plaintiffs claims.
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Wednesday 28 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A single 20-year-old man who was convicted of raping a woman last year in Tongatapu was sentenced to four-years and six-months imprisonment at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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Thursday 15 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Kingdom of Tonga has an arguable defence to claims made by Plaintiffs, Lord Sevele-'o-Vailahi and 10 former members of the Pacific Games Organizing Committee, Lord Chief Justice O. G. Paulsen ruled on November 8.
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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongasat unlawfully received over USD$46 million of public money gained from the government's relinquishing of Tonga's 130 degrees East satellite slot to China, a Supreme Court action has determined, in decision over a public law claim that covers negotiations and dealings going back to 2006.
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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Etuate Lavulavu is to pay Viliami Latu the sum of $69,319.90 after Justice O. G. Paulsen on 8 January 2018 dismissed an application by ‘Etuate Lavulavu for the Supreme Court to change a “Consent Order” that came into effective on 11 August 2017. The judge ruled that "Mr Latu is entitled to say 'enough is enough'."
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