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Monday 11 January 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Tui’one Pulotu (47) will continue serving his prison term for serious indecent assaults committed on a woman in Tongatapu, after his application to appeal against sentence was refused by the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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Monday 21 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 44-year-old man who was sentenced to 16-months imprisonment for possession of illicit drugs, including 2.21 grams of methamphatamine, got his sentence fully suspended, and identity suppressed. He was a police informant who assisted in the seizure of other illicit drugs. The Crown counsel denied that there was any agreement for immunity for prosecution in return for the defendant's assistance
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Monday 30 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Feinga ki he Lotu Fanguna who was convicted of importing a .22 rifle without a licence, which he ordered from the United States was fined $500 pa’anga, at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court. He had applied for a licence which was issued to him, after he was arrested on this offence.
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Wednesday 25 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Lord Chief Justice has awarded damages to a private business and its director, after ruling that Tongan Police officers and civil servants from the Ministry of Fisheries held an unlawful search for sea cucumbers, alleged to have been illegally harvested during the closed season. The police had acted on unreliable and inaccurate information and nothing was found during the search.
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Thursday 19 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An administrative decision by the Minister for Infrastructure and Tourism, Hon 'Akosita Lavulavu to decline whale watching licenses for six licenced operators was quashed by Lord Chief Justice Whitten, who found her decision had erred in law and “it was so manifestly unreasonable, no reasonable minister could have reached it”.
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Tuesday 10 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sosiua Totau [25] was sentenced to two-years imprisonment for possession of 400.37 grams of cannabis, seized at his home in Tofoa earlier this year.
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Monday 9 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Court of Appeal has acquitted Lord Tu'ivakano on two charges of making a false statement to obtain a Tongan passport and perjury, after quashing the convictions in a 22-pages written judgment released in Nuku'alofa on Friday.
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Thursday 5 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men will be tried at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court on a charge relating to the seizure of just over 2.1 kg of methamphatamine last year. Police allege that the haul had a street value in Tonga of just over $2 million pa'anga.
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Wednesday 4 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Likamani Fa’aoso was sentenced to 16-months imprisonment for possession of 165.37 grams of cannabis, at a police checkpoint in Tofoa during a routine COVID-19 inspection.
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Wednesday 4 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Ilona Maria Ika (27) was sentenced to one-year imprisonment for the theft of $18,000 pa’anga from a customer’s account at ANZ Bank. Nine withdrawals were made over several months.
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Tuesday 3 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nasif Naushad Ali (55) a Fijian citizen, who currently holds a Tongan residency permit, was jailed for possession of illicit drugs, including methamphetamine seized from his home in Kolofo'ou.
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Friday 30 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After completing eight and a half-years as a Supreme Court Judge of Tonga, Hon. Mr Justice Charles Cato was appointed as a King’s Counsel, during a formal but heartwarming farewell in Nuku'alofa today. By Linny Folau.
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Monday 26 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An assault case was remitted back for trial at the Magistrate's Court, after the Lord Chief Justice quashed a decision by a Senior Magistrate to withdraw the charge. This was an appeal by the Crown in a case, Police vs Lose Hansen (respondent) who was charged with common assault.
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Saturday 24 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The tragic death of a local businessman, Tausinga Taumoefolau (46), in December 2019 was caused by the drunken driving of a criminal psychiatric patient, who was released because the Vaiola Hospital Psychiatric Ward was overloaded. “This case is an extremely tragic illustration and reminder of the effects on individuals and the community at large when this aspect of public health is not adequately resourced,” Lord Chief Justice M. H. Whitten QC observed yesterday, 23 October, in sentencing the offender, Lemoto Lemeki Manu (34).
Friday 9 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Seven men have pleaded guilty to charges that included jointly cultivating 2665 cannabis plants [99.6 kgs] at a tax allotment in Holonga, Vava’u.
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Thursday 1 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Semisi Pulu (46) was sentenced at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court for causing serious bodily harm, when he attacked a 15-year-old boy at Kolonga with a gardening hoe. The Chief justice denounced the aggressive outburst of violence and imposed a deterrent jail sentence.
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Thursday 24 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ma’ake Kali (42) was sentenced at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court to two-years imprisonment for receiving a stolen motor vehicle in January 2019. He is a repeate offender, who escaped from prison after being sentenced on theft, and other offences.
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Monday 21 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Timote ‘Asa was sentenced to a deterrent sentence of six-years imprisonment for numerous charges, including rape and abduction of a young woman in Tongatapu. In sentencing at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on September 18, the Chief Justice protected the identity of the complainant.
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Monday 14 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Lord Chief Justice has remitted a traffic case to be retried at the lower court, after setting aside a Senior Magistrate’s decision who acquitted a man of obstructing a driver.
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Thursday 10 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vilimoa Afu (35) was sentenced at the Supreme Court to six-months imprisonment, which was fully suspended, for possession of 0.11 gram of methamphetamine, at Ngele’ia.
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