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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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Friday 4 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An application by ‘Anisi Kulufeinga Bloomfield for leave to appeal against his extradition to Fiji under the Extradition Act was refused by Lord Chief Justice Whitten, in a ruling from the Supreme Court on 2 September. The extraordinary circumstances of the case, and contradictory letters from the Prime Minister, required an affidavit from the Prime Minister to be considered in the ruling.
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Tuesday 25 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 47-year-old man was sentenced today at the Supreme Court to two-years imprisonment for two counts of serious indecent assault of a woman in Tongatapu.
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Friday 21 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A group of four people who were arrested inside a private home at Houma and fined $1000 each for “breach of curfew” in May, had their convictions set aside after the Lord Chief Justice granted their appeal.
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Friday 14 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A man was sentenced today to seven-years imprisonment for raping a young girl in Tongatapu.
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Tuesday 11 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sosaia Laloni Kolofale (35) who pleaded guilty to possession of less than one gram of cannabis was placed on a good behaviour bond, at the Supreme Court.
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Friday 31 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Lord Chief Justice quashed a Senior Magistrate’s decision and reinstated the guilty plea of man accused of theft. He returned the case for sentencing at the lower court in Nuku’alofa. The appeal included grounds that the Magistrate erred in law.
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Thursday 16 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A man was found guilty at the Supreme Court on two counts of rape committed on a young girl in Tongatapu. He will be sentenced in August.
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Tuesday 30 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A decision by a Magistrate to acquit a police officer on a theft charge, due to insufficient evidence, was upheld by the Lord Chief Justice, on June 25 at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court. However, the Chief Justice suggested the case was an example in favour of amending the Criminal Offences Act, so that cases of unauthorised borrowing or temporary use fall within the definition of theft.
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Thursday 25 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fili Langi Ta’ai (57) who pleaded guilty to one count of bribery of a member of Tonga Police was sentenced to nine-months imprisonment, which was fully suspended at the Supreme Court on June 25.
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Tuesday 16 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Ileana Suliana Taulua was found not guilty on five counts of making a false declaration to obtain a Tongan passport at the Supreme Court on June 11. A sixth count of possession of a forged passport was dismissed, after the Crown led no evidence. The Chief Justice also noted that an era within this country to grant passports to non Tongan nationals for considerable sums of money had led to renewals of those passports that caused significant concern.
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Wednesday 10 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 44-year-old man has been jailed for two-years after he was found guilty on two counts of indecent assault of a teenage girl in 2018. "With the possible exception of the relatively recent rise in serious drug related offences, sexual offences, especially against the young are one of the most damaging ills to the moral and legal integrity of any society," said the Chief Justice.
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Tuesday 9 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Crown has been ordered by the Lord Chief Justice to return more than $30,000 pa’anga in cash to 13 Chinese people. The cash was forfeited when they were arrested during a police raid aimed at illegal gambling in 2019.
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Monday 1 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two 16-year-olds who pleaded guilty to carnal knowledge of a young girl under the age of 15 years and simple indecent assault received non-custodial sentences, at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on May 29. “In the ordinary case, a custodial sentence would be warranted in order to reflect the Court's denunciation of this alarmingly prevalent type of offending, to protect young girls in society and effect adequate deterrence,” the Lord Chief Justice said.
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