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Wednesday 4 April 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Selemana Fonua was sentenced to two-years imprisonment after being convicted of theft and false accounting of $21,299 pa’anga from Tanoa Hotel (Tonga) in 2015.
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Monday 15 August 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siokivaha Timani was sentenced to four-years and nine-months imprisonment for causing grievous bodily harm when he stabbed Tesimoni Funaki with a knife, causing injuries to his back and right lung in February last year, at Navutoka.
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Friday 12 August 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Semisi Lolohea (27) and Monalisa Manumu'a (25) were sentenced to nine-years imprisonment for the manslaughter death of ‘Eneasi Tu’ineau (48), a father of six children, who was beaten to death with heavy sticks in 2013, at Afa in Tongatapu.
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Wednesday 27 July 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Iketau (18) was sentenced to three-years imprisonment for sodamizing a child under the age of 12 at Lapaha, Tongatapu in June last year. The accused, a first time offender was unemployed and relied on his parents who are missionaries for support.
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Tuesday 26 July 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A woman is entitled to feel safe in her own home. Home invasion accompanied by sexual offending is not uncommon in Tonga possibly as a consequence of the limited security many homes have, a Supreme Court judge said when sentencing Paneti Sa (18) to five-years imprisonment for the predatory and callous crime when he raped a 27-year-old pregnant woman in her own home in Tongatapu, last year.
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Friday 24 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mr Xiao Long Fang was fined $9,000 pa’anga to be paid within 48-hours from 23 June or face six-months imprisonment for importing a large number of counterfeit exercise books manufactured in China, which he falsely represented to have been from New Zealand’s Croxley Stationery Ltd.
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Wednesday 1 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Women need to be protected from predatory behaviour in their own homes, said a judge in sentencing Lopeti Talafekau Soafa (18) to four-years imprisonment for the attempted rape of a 23-year-old volunteer from Japan in October last year, at Tofoa.
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Wednesday 1 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siosaia Langi Naufahu (54) was sentenced to five and a half-years imprisonment for grievous bodily harm for pouring a pot of boiling water on his wife in a "cruel and callous" deliberate action at their home in Sopu last year. The victim, the mother of their nine children, was put on life support with 35 to 40 percent burns of her total body surface area and suffered permanent injury from the terrifying experience.
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Monday 16 May 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Drunk driver, Malolo ‘Inia (31) whose vehicle crashed into a property and killed a woman near her house, at Ma'ufanga on New Year’s Day 2015, was sentenced to three-years imprisonment.
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Friday 15 April 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Parents of an eight-months old infant, who died after no medical treatment was sought in 2014, were acquitted of manslaughter by negligence and an alternative count of willful neglect of a child on 8 April, by a Supreme Court judge who considered that all concerned were victims of poverty. "The circumstances of the case are tragic," he said.
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Friday 15 April 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 16-years imprisonment sentence was imposed on a man who had pleaded guilty to multiple counts of having carnal knowledge and indecently assaulting two girls who were under the age of 12 in 2014. The security of young children in Tonga is paramount here, said Mr Justice Cato on 7 April, at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court.
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Wednesday 16 March 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Supreme Court allowed breath test results taken at a police station to be considered as evidence in the trial of a driver who drove under the influence of alcohol and killed a woman with his vehicle on January 1, New Year's Day 2015 at Ma’ufanga.
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Wednesday 9 March 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Samuela Holani (22) was sentenced to four-years and nine months imprisonment for the rape of a woman at home in Nuku'alofa, in July last year. "A woman is entitled to expect she is safe in her house from predatory sexual offending,” said the judge in passing sentence.
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Saturday 6 February 2016
Sisi Pale (34) has been sentenced to serve a combined imprisonment sentence of six and a half-years for robbery and rape of a woman who was home alone at Sopu during a group break-in on June 10, 2014.
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Saturday 6 February 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tevita ‘Ahoafi was sentenced to four-years imprisonment on Friday, 5 February for the manslaughter death of his paternal grand-uncle whom he killed in 2013 when he repeatedly struck him with a metallic pipe and a piece of wood at Ha’avakatolo, Tongatapu.
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Thursday 28 January 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lokoua Taufahema (42) was sentenced to 12-years imprisonment for the manslaughter death of his wife who died from severe burns when in a cruel act he poured hot cooking oil on her at Navutoka in December, 2014.
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Wednesday 16 December 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Paea Winston Helu (32) has been jailed for seven and a half years for killing 19-year-old Feleti Veikoso, whom he beat up and left severely injured in front of Hala-‘o-vave Primary School in Nuku’alofa last year.
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Tuesday 24 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A man who poured hot cooking oil on his wife, was found not guilty by a jury of murdering his wife, who died from severe burns in December 2014. He will be sentenced on a lesser charge of manslaughter on 18 December.
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Tuesday 10 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A convicted murderer, who had received a life sentence for murdering his fiancé in New Zealand in 2003, killed again in Tonga only a few months after his release and deportation to Tonga in December 2013.
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Monday 9 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two stepbrothers who made a “brutal and ruthless” attack on a market gardener at Longolongo last year, were each sentenced to seven-years nine-months imprisonment. Mr Justice Cato said the sentence "must reflect the need to protect the public from this kind of offending."
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