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Monday 21 November 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men were jailed for possession of methamphetamine and drug utensil, after they were arrested under a tree in Nukunuku. A third co-accused received suspended sentence.
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Monday 21 November 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siaosi Brown (22) was sentenced to 18-months imprisonment for possession of 222.69 grams of cannabis seized at a home in Fanga.
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Wednesday 16 November 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Viliami Halalilo and Tukumo’ui Havea have been jailed for common assault when they punched and kicked a defenceless 21-year-old man in Neiafu, Vava’u.
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Wednesday 2 November 2022
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Solomone Fualalo (52) received a suspended sentence for common assault and serious causing bodily harm, when he hit a 23-year-old victim on the back of his head with a torch at Niutoua.
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Wednesday 2 November 2022
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siuta Taufa (25) was sentenced to four-years six-months imprisonment for reckless driving causing the death of his 20-year-old male passenger at Malapo in 2021. He was driving in excessive speed, while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
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Monday 31 October 2022
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nesiasi Kamoto (49) received a suspended sentence for discharging a .22 rifle to intimidate his relatives, who were living at his tax allotment in Tofoa.
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Thursday 20 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A prolific offender, ‘Okusitino Langi (49), who is serving a lengthy prison term for drug offences, received additional time for similar offending in prison, totalling nine-years imprisonment, after being sentenced on 14 October. The Lord Chief Justice said the circumstances of this offending were troubling. “For the defendant to have been able to possess and sell drugs in prison suggests real operational deficiencies in security within the prison.”
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Repeat offender Hateni Kaufusi (35) was sentenced to 34-months imprisonment for serious housebreaking and theft of tool shed items estimated at $11,840. His co-accused Kulikefu Vanisi (54) got a suspended sentence for abetment.
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Tuesday 27 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Taione (41) was sentenced to 17-months' imprisonment for the theft of meat boxes, to the value of $10,225 pa'anga, from a refrigerated container belonging to a store in Fasi.
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Saturday 17 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Heneli Losalu (25), ‘Akapei Fa (20) and Semisi Moeaki (20) have been jailed for serious bodily harm, committed when they jointly attacked and injured a 17-year-old in the village of Puke in January this year. "It is a tragedy of this case that these young men are getting prison sentences today. But this court cannot allow this level of violence, with rolling attacks spilling over into peoples' kava clubs or private residence, especially when in the name of the inter college rivalry. That is simply demented and wrong," said the judge.
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Tuesday 6 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A pregnant mother of four, Kahealani Tonga (38) was sentenced to 14-months imprisonment, which was fully suspended, for possession of 2.09 grams of methamphetamine. “Though she may not have been the person making the money from the deal she was facilitating this devastating trade, which is a scourge that destroys the minds and lives of so many people in Tonga," said the judge.
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Friday 2 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Uaisele Fifita (30) was sentenced to three-years and 10-months imprisonment for numerous counts, that included forgery and embezzlement of $29,803 from his employer in separate cases.
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Friday 2 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two women, including a former police officer, who advertised an illegal pyramid scheme, were ordered by the Supreme Court to pay $4,000 each or in default face imprisonment. "This sentence should act as a warning that pyramid and/or ponzi schemes are illegal in Tonga and anyone thinking of operating such a scheme will face severe punishment," warned the Judge.
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Friday 26 August 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kalafitoni Toluta'u (41) and Simoni Taliai (39) who pleaded guilty to a joint count of possessing 1.96 grams of methamphetamine, after they were reported to be selling illicit drugs from a car in Ma'ufanga were jailed. A co-accused convicted of a lesser count received a suspended sentence.
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Thursday 25 August 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 62-year old man was sentenced to seven-years imprisonment for six counts of indecent assault of a minor aged 12 years old, on Tongatapu.
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Thursday 4 August 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men who were acquitted of possessing 2.19 grams of methamphetamine but were found guilty on lesser counts received suspended sentences, at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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Thursday 4 August 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kaluseti Holani (22) was sentenced to four-years eight-months imprisonment for several offences, including causing serious bodily harm, when he discharged a firearm injuring two young men, at Afa in January this year. The Lord Chief Justice said the accused was fortunate not to have been charged with attempted murder. Even though a complaint had been filed to Mu'a police, the same rifle was used in this second incident. There were no attempts by the police to resolve the issues.
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Monday 1 August 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sitaleki Tu’itavake (48) was sentenced to four and a half-years imprisonment for possession of 2.87 grams of methamphetamine 
and 3,153.7 grams of cannabis in two separate incidents. The judge declined to suspend any part of the sentence. "All his recent history demonstrates a flagrant disregard for the law and the opportunities afforded to him for rehabilitation. With his escalating drug offending, he is also becoming a risk to himself and the community,” he said.
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Thursday 28 July 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Rodney Toki (28) who is currently serving a lengthy jail term for a string of armed robberies, at Chinese-run shops in Tonga, has been sentenced to five-years and four-months imprisonment for other offences in a crime spree that spanned from late July until the end of August 2021.
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Tuesday 26 July 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vincent Mavaetangi Niua (51) was sentenced to eight-years imprisonment for attempted murder of a woman, with whom he was in a defacto relationship. “In my view, it is more likely that he was feeling scorned by the complainant having ended the relationship and, consistent with his egotistically controlling manner, was intent on revenge and subjugation by ending her life. ...His actions can only be described as appalling and sadistic,” said the Judge.
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