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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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Sunday 19 June 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kaumavae Fakaanga (35) was sentenced to seven-years imprisonment for causing grievous bodily harm, when he injured a man with a machete at Tokomololo in 2021. As a result of his injuries, the complainant's left hand was amputated.
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Saturday 11 June 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hotili Saafi (27) was sentenced to 20-months imprisonment for serious housebreaking and theft of goods valued at $4,860 pa’anga, at a home he broke into numerous times in Fua'amotu. He entered the home through the ceiling causing major damage.
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Friday 20 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mafi Fatongiatau Fakatene (22) was sentenced to four-years imprisonment for grievous bodily harm, when he wounded a 25-year-old victim with a machete at Fua'amotu. The court was told that these two men had a long simmering animosity that was punctuated by outbursts of violence.
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Wednesday 11 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 69-year-old man was sentenced to five-years imprisonment for attempted rape of a 20-year-old woman on Tongatapu in 2021.
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Wednesday 11 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Prolific thief Sione Katoa who is currently serving a prison sentence was sentenced to 11-months imprisonment for common assault, serious housebreaks and theft of high value electronic goods.
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Tuesday 10 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tevita Tupou was sentenced to three-years and ten-months imprisonment for possession of illicit drugs, in two offences committed last year on Tongatapu.
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Wednesday 27 April 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An 80-year-old man was sentenced to six-months imprisonment for one count of indecent assault of a young girl under the age of 12. This was fully suspended.
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Wednesday 27 April 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three youths aged 19, 21 and 22 years have been sentenced to imprisonment by the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa for raping a young woman in 2020.
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Friday 18 March 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ernie Fotu (43) received a suspended sentence for possession of 15.54 grams of cannabis at the Magistrate Court.
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Thursday 10 March 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Timote ‘Aho’atu (44) was sentenced to two-years nine-months imprisonment for causing grievous bodily harm to Siaosi Na'a, whom he shot with a pistol in 2021. The judge said the law required the accused to complain to the police if he felt that the victim had unfairly and unlawfully done him wrong. "That law stops you and prohibits you from punishing or killing that person who has wronged you.”
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Saturday 15 January 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mikaele Hoponoa Pahulu (42) was sentenced to 11 years and 7 months imprisonment for manslaughter in a sadistic, brutally violent attack on a frail 71-year-old patient at the Psychiatric Ward in Vaiola Hospital. “This was manslaughter just short of murder, possibly only because that was not charged. Why murder was not charged has never been explained,” said the Supreme Court judge. “It is just barbaric.” Another person stood alongside, watched and walked away leaving the victim unconscious on the ground.
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Monday 22 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siu 'i Vahanoa Tu’ipulotu (49) was sentenced to two and a half-years imprisonment for serious housebreaking and robbery at a store in Ma'ufanga, where he punched the complainant several times, before stealing goods. The judge said that the accused's own alcoholic self-destruction was becoming more dangerous not only to himself and his family, but also to the community because he was repeatedly demonstrating dark, violent behaviour.
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Monday 15 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tevita 'Osaiasi Matangi was sentenced to nine-months imprisonment for possession of 1.22 grams of methamphetamine, found with him inside a taxi at Longolongo. This was fully suspended.
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Monday 15 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Ioane Tavo (63) received a suspended sentence for possession of 0.04 gram of methamphetamine, after his vehicle was searched by Tonga Police at Hala'ovave.
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Tuesday 2 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A man who raped and indecently assaulted his young daughter in Vava’u has been sentenced to nine and a half-years imprisonment. "The pre-sentence report makes for troubling reading," said the judge. On the day of his trial, the accused changed his pleas to guilty on both the rape and indecent assault allegations, committed some years ago.
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Monday 1 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kalapu Felemi (49) received a suspended sentence for serious causing bodily harm, when he used a knife to repeatedly hit and injure his younger brother, Tesimoni Felemi (38) during a drink-up at Tatakamotonga.
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Monday 1 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Petueli Mafua he Lotu Fifita (25) was sentenced to six-years and four-months imprisonment for dangerous driving causing the death of an 81-year-old grandfather in Ta'anea, Vava'u. He was also banned from driving for two-years, effective from his release from prison.
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Wednesday 27 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siaosi Helu (36) was sentenced today to one-year imprisonment for possession 0.04 gram of methamphetamine found hidden inside his underpants, during a routine body search by Police, when arrested for public drunkenness at Fasi.
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Friday 22 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Penisimani Angilau received a suspended sentence today for causing serious bodily harm to another man, when he hit him with a piece of timber fracturing his left hand during an argument at a petrol station at Vaini. The Supreme Court judge ruled this as a case of special circumstances because the offender was provoked when the complainant jumped into the queue at the petrol station and refused to back off.
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