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Tuesday 25 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Solomone Fonokalafi (45) was sentenced to two-years eight-months imprisonment for causing serious bodily harm, when he beat his wife's hands and feet with a hammer, while tying her down at a home in Fo’ui last year. The defendant's actions were cruel and barbaric and have no place in Tongan society or its marriage norms, said the Lord Chief Justice.
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Thursday 15 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Titali To’ia (39) was sentenced to three-years two-months imprisonment for possession of 3.33 grams of methamphetamine, after Police intercepted his vehicle in Havelu, Tongatapu.
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Tuesday 13 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mele Teusiva ‘Amanaki was awarded $50,000 in damages by the Supreme Court, after winning a long and winding defamation lawsuit against Tonga Weekly newspaper and its former editor Faka'osi Maama, who published articles and a photograph on three occasions back in 2014. The Lord Chief Justice had no hesitation in finding that both defendants were actuated by malice.
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Friday 2 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Elikisoni Langi (67) was fined $10,000 pa’anga for importing prohibited goods, 5,000 rounds of ammunition and five .22 rifles, concealed inside a crate at the wharf in 2019.
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Tuesday 2 August 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kalolaine Fainga’a (30) was sentenced to two-years imprisonment for serious housebreaking and theft of electronic goods valued at around $12,095 pa’anga. A stolen iPad was tracked by GPS to a home in Tokomololo and then Police recovered all the other stolen electronic equipment from a shop. A co-accused was charged with receiving stolen property.
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Friday 15 July 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Alefosio Vaingaina (44) was sentenced to six-years imprisonment for serious housebreaking and theft of Tongan koloa, valued at around $22,800 from the Royal Palace in Vava'u. The judge said it would appear that this is the first published case of housebreaking and theft perpetrated against the Royal family.
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Friday 24 June 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Petelo Mo’unga (25) was sentenced to four and a half years imprisonment for possession of 26.98 grams of cocaine and 0.07 grams of methamphetamine.
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Wednesday 22 June 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men who were acquitted of possessing 2.19 grams of methamphetamine were found guilty on lesser counts at the Supreme Court. A co-accused died at Vaiola Hospital, after a high speed vehicle chase followed by on-foot pursuit with Tonga Police on another matter, during the time of the trial.
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Monday 2 May 2022
Sione Sangstar Saulala

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The election of Sione Sangster Saulala as the Tongatapu No. 7 People’s Representative to the Legislative Assembly has been declared void by the Lord Chief Justice, who this morning found that he committed bribery on two occasions, during the November 2021 General Election campaign. After his election Saulala was appointed as the current Minister for Internal Affairs. The Lord Chief Justice said Mr Saulala was an unimpressive witness. By Linny Folau.
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Wednesday 20 April 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An election petition filed against Tongatapu No. 2 People’s Representative to Parliament, Dr ‘Uhilamoelangi Fasi, for alleged bribery, during the 2021 General Election campaign was dismissed by the Supreme Court. The petition was filed by a rival candidate Semisi Sika, who has been ordered by the court to pay the Dr Fasi's costs of the proceedings.
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Tuesday 21 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ta‘ufo‘ou Fale‘ofa (45) was sentenced today to 20-months imprisonment for using a firearm without a license, specifically a .45 pistol, which he fired at a vehicle in Kolonga in January this year, after entering a home with a loaded firearm. The judge noted the accused had a significant criminal history both here and in the United States for violence involving firearms.
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Tuesday 14 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Faka‘anaua ‘Akau (22) was today sentenced to additional 30-months imprisonment at Hu'atolitoli Prison for escaping lawful custody, serious housebreaking and theft committed in 'Eua. He is currently in prison for previous offences.
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Friday 9 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The jailed Minister of Infrastructure and Tourism ‘Akosita Lavulavu (36) and her husband ’Etuate (62) were this morning denied bail pending their appeal. The Lord Chief Justice was not satisfied with their prospects of success on their appeals and gave reasons why in his 18-pages ruling, at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court.
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Wednesday 28 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tangata 'o Pangai (a.k.a. Pinomi Lavemai) was sentenced to 14-months imprisonment for possession of 1.63 grams of methamphetamine. The Chief Justice said, the nature and surrounding circumstances of this offending pointed to a case of possession for the purpose of supply.
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Tuesday 27 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Viliami Paletu’a (41) was sentenced to two-years and two-months imprisonment for possession of 3.16 grams of methamphetamine, at 'Umusi in 2020. He admitted to being a substance abuser. The court noted that at the time of the offending, the statutory maximum penalty for possession of methamphetamine was a fine of $1 million or 30-years' imprisonment or both.
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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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