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Wednesday 14 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Amusia Mateni (42) was sentenced today to 3 years and six months imprisonment for possession of 8.08 grams of methamphetamine and interfering with evidence that was seized during an altercation with a police officer on a road in Ngele'ia. The judge noted that in the accused’s current state of involvement with methamphetamines with its resultant delusional dishonesty ...“his wife and children may be better off without him.”
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Monday 12 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kaati Luka (22) who beat up his 40-year-old partner leaving her with facial injuries that resulted in her admission to the surgical ward at Vaiola Hospital, was sentenced to one-year eight-months imprisonment.
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Friday 9 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Malia Selupe (32) was sentenced today to three-years imprisonment for obtaining by false pretences around $59,950 pa’anga from customers, at her car dealer company in Longolongo.
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Thursday 8 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siolosi Hu’akau (21) who was convicted of dangerous driving causing the death of a woman on the road in Talafo’ou, was sentenced to three-years imprisonment. He suffers from physical and mental handicaps and it was extremely regrettable that he was even allowed to drive a vehicle in the first place, said the Lord Chief Justice today.
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Tuesday 6 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Soane (57) was sentenced to 16-months imprisonment after being convicted of uttering counterfeit currency, which amounted to $500 pa’anga at different venues in December 2019. The offending was driven entirely by greed.
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Tuesday 30 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Salesi Fa’aoa was found guilty on possession of 0.3 gram of methamphetamine seized in his vehicle on Vuna Road last year. He will be sentenced on April 30, at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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Tuesday 9 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Inivenesi Helu (39) is serving one-year imprisonment for causing grievous bodily harm to a 17-year-old teenager by using a machete during an altercation, in Nuku'alofa.
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Thursday 4 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Asaeli Teulilo (32) is serving eight months imprisonment for possessing 1.3 grams of cocaine and 0.1 gram of cannabis. The Lord Chief Justice warned that harsher penalties are expected on any offences committed after November 26, 2020, involving more than 0.25 grams of a Class A drug, because they are deemed as supply.
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Thursday 25 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Soane was found guilty of three counts of uttering counterfeit currency at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court. He will be sentenced on April 1. The $50 and $100 were obviously fake “the notes represented a patently amateurish attempt,” said the judge.
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Tuesday 23 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A claim by Royco Shipping Services Ltd. for $26,616 damages against Matson South Pacific Ltd., over a stevedoring agreement dispute was dismissed by Tonga's Lord Chief Justice, who ruled that during the term of agreement, it did not give Royco exclusive right to provide stevedoring services for all of Matson's vessels at the Port of Nuku'alofa.
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Monday 22 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Talia'uli Fatongiatau (35) was sentenced today to nine-months imprisonment for offering $235 bribe to a Tonga Police officer and possession of 0.89g of methamphatamine. He is currently serving time in Hu'atolitoli Prison.
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Friday 19 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Taufa Latuselu was sentenced to nine-months imprisonment, which was fully suspended for unlawful possession of illicit drugs by the Lord Chief Justice who said, had he been charged with supplying or if this offending occurred after the current amendments to the Illicit Drugs Control Act, full suspension would not have been available.
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Friday 5 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Foketi Tonga Fate was acquitted of possessing 41.51 grams of cannabis by the Lord Chief Justice, who said the Crown failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt in the evidence of the charge against the accused.
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Wednesday 20 January 2021
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Le-ata Fashion Boutique & Gift Shop has been ordered by the Supreme Court to vacate the property it rented on Taufa’ahau Road, Nuku'alofa, CBD, as a result of a civil claim brought by the plaintiff, Cocker Enterprises Ltd., the sub-lessee. Lord Chief Justice ordered the defendant to pay the plaintiff damages in the sum of $11,000 and costs of the proceedings.
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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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