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Monday 7 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sitiveni ‘Esi Muli (17) today pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including murder in relation to the death of a Chinese couple, Mr Feng Sheng Pei and Mrs Su Jie Wen who were found dead with multiple stab wounds at a bush allotment last year. A co-accused Sami Kaho Jr. (15) will now become a witness for the Crown, after charges against him were dismissed.
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Sunday 23 December 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 26-year-old man received a fully suspended sentence after being convicted of drugs, firearm and ammunition charges by the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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Thursday 20 December 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 42-year-old man, who was sentenced to nine-months imprisonment by the Magistrate’s Court in October for stealing a generator, had his sentence quashed after his appeal to the Supreme Court was allowed.
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Thursday 13 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 20-year-old man was sentenced to 11-years imprisonment after he broke into a house, abducted a girl at night and committed serious indecent assault on the child, in June this year at Navutoka. Lord Chief Justice Paulsen said the offending was truly abhorrent.
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Monday 10 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A man who admitted purchasing and smoking meth, after pleading guilty to possession of illicit drugs, was discharged without conviction after a judge found he had 0.52 grams of methamphetamine left in a small bag, when police searched his trousers pocket. In acquitting Maika Maile (38) Justice Niu considered the amount of meth was “so infinitesimal”.
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Friday 7 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sami Likiliki Fisilau (52) was sentenced to two and a half-years imprisonment after pleading guilty to serious bodily harm and domestic violence committed on his 44-year-old wife in Vaini last year. “Domestic issues are no justification or excuse for violence and domestic abuse will be met with firm penalties," Mr Justice Cato told him.
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Wednesday 5 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 16-year-old boy who assaulted and robbed a Chinese shopkeeper in February this year was discharged without conviction by a Supreme Court judge on November 26 in Nuku'alofa who considered that: “a conviction for such a serious offence as robbery will be far more detrimental than the injury and theft he committed to the complainant."
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Wednesday 28 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A single 20-year-old man who was convicted of raping a woman last year in Tongatapu was sentenced to four-years and six-months imprisonment at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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Thursday 22 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 20-year-old man who was convicted of raping a woman last year in Tongatapu will be sentenced on November 26, at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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Tuesday 20 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A stepfather was sentenced to 12 and a half years imprisonment for numerous offences that included serious indecent assault of his two young stepdaughters and raping one of them. The mother (42) who helped him commit some of these serious sexual offences was sentenced to seven years and three months imprisonment. The judge agreed that the offendings constituted a grave breach of trust and the sentence imposed should reflect it.
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Monday 12 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 34-year-old taxi driver was acquitted of raping a 27-year-old mother after taking her to a bush area in Tokomololo in October last year.
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Thursday 11 October 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The confession of a 20-year-old male accused was excluded from evidence in an ongoing rape trial as it was prejudice against him, after the Supreme Court found a breach in the law when a Tonga Police Constable failed to properly advise him on one of his rights, before his interrogation in November last year.
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Tuesday 9 October 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Public Service Tribunal has been ordered by the Supreme Court, to re-determine for the second time an appeal by Busby Kautoke against the termination of his employment as Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet, in a legal dispute that has been ongoing for six-years.
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Monday 8 October 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Uasi Musika (48) was convicted on two counts of possession of cannabis seeds and plant material seized by Tonga Police at a property in Fo’ui last year.
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Thursday 13 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siaosi Helu (33) who was found guilty of possessing 39.65 grams of cannabis was sentenced to one-year and six-months imprisonment. Lord Chief Justice Paulsen said society was calling for and expected a strong response from the courts.
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Thursday 13 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vainikolo Selu, a serving prisoner, was sentenced to an additonal two-years 10-months imprisonment, after being convicted of possessing methamphetamine and cannabis, which he smuggled into Hu'atolitoli Prison in November last year.
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Wednesday 5 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Prosecutions for illicit drugs in Tonga may be in jeopardy, a judge has warned, after discharging a man charged with possession of methamphetamine, due to the prosecution's failure to admit analyst evidence, at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa on August 29. Hon. Mr Justice Cato said new legislation is urgently required in Tonga regarding analyst evidence of drug identity or there will be serious consequences for law enforcement and the health of Tongans.
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Wednesday 29 August 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The trial of two teenage boys charged with murder in relation to the death of a Chinese couple, Mr Feng Sheng Pei and Mrs Su Jie Wen is set to run from January 7-18, 2019.
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Friday 24 August 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mafoa'aeata Latu (26) was sentenced to three-years and three-months imprisonment after being convicted for reckless driving that caused the death of his passenger ‘Aisake Lavelua on Hihifo Road at Fo'ui, in March this year.
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Friday 10 August 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
John Thorn Ngaue (29) was sentenced to three-years and six-months imprisonment for possession of methamphetamine and cannabis, seized at a home in Kolomotu'a in 2017.
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