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Thursday 26 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sioeli Tapueluelu (37) was sentenced today to 12-years imprisonment for manslaughter in the death of a 27-year-old, whom he punched and hit on the head with a wok frying pan. “His history and senseless outburst of violence in this case, resulting in the death of an innocent young man, make him a serious danger to society, which this Court must strive to protect,” said Lord Chief Justice Whitten. He called the defendant’s savage attack “a gutless act of cowardice in initiating the assault.”
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Wednesday 25 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 19-year-old was sentenced on August 24 to four and a half-years imprisonment for serious sexual offences, including sodomy and serious indecent assault as well as housebreaking. The Lord Chief Justice directed the identity of the two victims must not be published in Tonga.
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Wednesday 25 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siosaia Fifita (33) was sentenced to two-years imprisonment for possession of 2.36 grams of methamphetamine and 3.14 grams of cannabis. He was caught after Tonga Police received information he was driving around Nuku'alofa selling illicit drugs.
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Monday 23 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sosefo, aka Sione Poteki, who was driving around Tongatapu armed with a gun, while in possession of illicit drugs for sale was sentenced to three-years seven-months imprisonment.
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Friday 20 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men were today fined $2,400 pa'anga each for possession of 784 sea cucumbers, during the closed fishing season on March 10 earlier this year. The judge said that failure to pay would see them locked up for three-months in prison.
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Friday 13 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Paea Fainga’a was acquitted on two counts of serious housebreaking and theft of a car in 2019 by Hon. Mr Justice Cooper in a ruling this month, after he found the evidence of the complainant, Siaosi Vete, unconvincing.
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Monday 9 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A man who raped his adult daughter has been sentenced to nine and a half-years imprisonment, at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court.
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Wednesday 4 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tipiloma Funaki (52) from Fua’amotu has been jailed for possession of 0.25 grams of methamphetamine and 108.33 grams of cannabis, seized at a house in Hauloto.
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Tuesday 3 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Filo ‘Aholelei Vaiangina (55) was sentenced to 46-months imprisonment for possession of 19.31 grams of methamphetamine, seized inside his van at Pahu.
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Friday 30 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siosaia Tu Maile (20) was sentenced yesterday to eight-years imprisonment for the manslaughter death of Ned Cook (67), the Salvation Army Team Leader in Nuku'alofa in 2020, who was punched in the face when he was walking home from an evening out. "In that split second of senseless brutality, one life was ended and the liberty of another must now be severely curtailed," said the Chief Justice. He noted that in Tonga, some in the community tend to resort to violence to address any annoyance, no matter how small. “This case must serve to deter others from such behaviour, which will be met with severe sentences from the Courts.”
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Wednesday 28 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sioeli Tapueluelu (37) has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in relation to the death of a 27-year-old whom he repeatedly hit on the head, including using a frying pan during an altercation in 2020.
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Friday 16 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Epuefi Laimani who is currently serving five-years imprisonment for possession of illicit drugs, including 5.15 grams of methamphetamine, and bribery of a police officer was denied an application to appeal against his conviction, at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court. However, he was granted leave to appeal his sentence.
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Thursday 15 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Prolific thief, Penisimani Tupa's application for leave to appeal against his six-years nine-months sentence was denied by the Lord Chief Justice, at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court, who noted the applicant's “appalling criminal history”, and that the applicant had learned nothing and therefore could not expect further leniency.
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Wednesday 14 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Wesley Fifita (29) who was convicted for possession of 0.04 gram of methamphetamine and 0.66 gram of cannabis at his house in Pili, received a suspended sentence. He must however, live with his parents, ordered a Supreme Court judge.
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Friday 9 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
David Richard Jr Hoeft was placed on good behaviour for serious bodily harm, after he punched another male police recruit for allegedly indecently assaulting a female recruit in Longolongo last year.
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Thursday 1 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Opeti Fekau (38) was today sentenced to three-years four months imprisonment for possession of 21.24 grams of methamphetamine, seized at his home in Havelu. The judge found that the amount involved was clearly for the purpose of supply.
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Friday 25 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A jury has found Sosaia Tū Maile (20) guilty of manslaughter in the death of Ned Samson Cook (67), the Salvation Army Team Leader, in Nuku'alofa in 2020.
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Wednesday 23 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sosaia Fifita was found guilty today of unlawful possession of 2.36 grams of methamphetamine and 3.14 grams of cannabis. He was arrested at Tofoa, after Tonga Police received information that he was driving around his car selling the illicit drugs.
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Tuesday 22 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tailoni Mafi (39) was today jailed for 22-months for serious housebreaking and serious indecent assault committed on a young woman, who was asleep at her home in Tongatapu. In court the offender was described as “a dangerous person”.
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Monday 21 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kalatoni Kaufusi (59) was sentenced to eight-months imprisonment for possession of 0.12 grams of methamphetamine, seized by Tonga Police who received information that he was selling the illicit drug at Fanga.
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