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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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Wednesday 29 April 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Seluvaia Motuliki (39) who pleaded guilty for fraudulently converting over $31,159 while working as a civil servant, had her sentence reduced on 21 April from two and a half year to one year three months.
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Wednesday 29 April 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two police officers were acquitted of the manslaughter of 'Inoke Pepa, and alternative charges of causing grievous bodily harm and common assault, by Mr Justice Cato, in the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court yesterday, 28 April.
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Wednesday 22 April 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Supreme Court judge will deliver his verdict on Monday, 27 April in the trial of two policemen charged with manslaughter in the death of a 20-year-old man in 2012.
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Friday 17 April 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Bullying and mob violence have no place in any civilised society, a judge said yesterday in sending three former Tupou College students to lengthy prison terms for their part in a violent attack on a home in Tofoa that severely injured a young man on 18 July 2013.
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Friday 10 April 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The trial of two policemen charged with manslaughter in relation to the death of ‘Inoke Pepa (20) in Vaini in 2012 began this week, at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court.
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Thursday 2 April 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Court of Appeal has granted former Attorney General John Cauchi leave for a judicial review and directed a Judicial Appointments and Discipline Panel to consider his complaints.
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Friday 27 March 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A former travel consultant was today sentenced to four years imprisonment with the final 18 months suspended after pleading guilty to 39 counts of forgery and knowingly dealing with forged documents for visa applications to foreign countries, mostly the United States.
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Friday 6 March 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Tu’iha’ateiho was fined $2,500 pa’anga on one charge of possession of a firearm, a .22 automatic pistol without a license, today at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court.
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Wednesday 11 February 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A former travel consultant, Sera Polata, who changed her plea to guilty in relation to 39 charges of forgery and knowingly dealing with forged documents for visa applications was remanded in custody for sentencing on March 6.
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Monday 9 February 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Vava‘u Noble’s Representative to Parliament, who was fined last week after pleading guilty to firearms and ammunition charges, will retain his noble title since his sentencing was less than two years.
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Tuesday 27 January 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A former travel consultant appeared at the Nuku‘alofa Supreme Court today charged with 46 counts of forgery and knowingly dealing with forged documents in relation to visa applications.
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Friday 23 January 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Today's sentencing of Lord Tu’ilakepa on firearm and ammunition charges was adjourned to Thursday February 5, at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court to allow time for a probation report.
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Monday 19 January 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Tu'iha'ateiho's case for possession of a .22 semi-automatic pistol without a licence four-years ago was given a final adjournment to 27 February, after it was set for counsel to make their sentencing submissions today.
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Wednesday 14 January 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sau‘iluma Guttenbeil who was found guilty of manslaughter for the death of her husband after running him over with her vehicle in Neiafu in 2012, has received a suspended sentence.
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Monday 12 January 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two re-elected Nobles' Representatives to the Tonga Legislative Assembly are due to appear at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court this month. One noble is up for sentencing while the other for sentencing submissions on separate firearm and ammunition charges.
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Friday 14 November 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Court of Appeal will preside over a special session on Thursday, 20 November to urgently hear an appeal by the Supervisor and Chairman of Tonga’s Electoral Commission against a judgment to register Sione Tupouniua, as a candidate for the Tongatapu No.1 constituency for the General Election.
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Thursday 13 November 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 30-year-old former employee of the Leiola Group of Companies Ltd. has been jailed for one-year and three-months for embezzling around $20,000 pa’anga last year.
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Tuesday 11 November 2014
Sione Tupouniua

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Supreme Court judge has ordered Tonga’s Electoral Commission to register Sione Keuate Tupouniua after rejecting his application to stand as a candidate for this month's General Election, when he turned up late after nominations closed at 3pm on Friday, October 24 in Nuku'alofa.
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Tuesday 29 July 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Former Police Constable Fatai Faletau (36) who was convicted of assaulting Kali Fungavaka in 2012, was sentenced today to eight months imprisonment.
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