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Friday 24 May 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Five men were found guilty of charges including theft, abetment to theft and receiving stolen property after over 300 cartons of meat were stolen from a container belonging to Star Fish company, at Ma’ufanga. One of the accused was a security guard who was paid “to look the other way” over a period of months in 2022. They will be sentenced in June.
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Thursday 23 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siosaia Taulahi (20) and Tevita Pasi (21) were imprisoned for serious housebreaking, theft and receiving valuable Tongan handicrafts worth around $231,700, stolen from the Tonga National Museum in 2022. Pasi was also sentenced for supplying methamphetamine to a minor. He manipulated a child to become involved in a high value theft of significant cultural artefacts and used the allure of illicit drugs to do so. It was a “deeply offensive crime”, said the judge. “The vandalism of the museum was a terrible act.” Most of the items stolen were never recovered.
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Wednesday 1 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Etuate Siaosi Katoa (32) was jailed after pleading guilty to the falsification of accounts and theft of building supplies valued at $19,644 from his employer, while working as its delivery driver.
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Thursday 11 April 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A man charged with two counts that included the theft of a vehicle from the Vaiola Hospital car park was found not guilty, although there was evidence that he was a passenger in the stolen car. The Supreme Court judge stated that two of the Crown witnesses 'Miki" Taulaki and Moala 'Ikani should have instead been charged with the offences.
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Tuesday 9 April 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kelekolio Fonua (23) and Andy Fukofuka (38) were jailed for charges that included serious housebreaking, theft and receiving stolen goods worth $15,403 from Tupou High School at Nukunuku. Alcohol and illicit drug abuse have been a feature of life for both men. Fukofuka had breached a suspended sentence. A probation report said, “he does not support his community and is a malign presence”.
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Saturday 9 March 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Taulua (36) was sentenced to one-year eight-months imprisonment for the theft of items valued at $13,600 from a home that his father was looking after at ‘Alakifonua, while the owners were abroad in July last year.
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Friday 2 February 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Repeat offender, Sione Tu’ifua (35) from Kolofo’ou who is currently serving seven-years imprisonment for serious housebreaking, theft and arson received additional jail time for theft of a delivery truck and items at Ma’ufanga.
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Thursday 2 November 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Habitual property offender, Siaosi ‘Ulukivaiola (25) a prisoner, got more jail time for breaking into the Ministry of Revenue office and stealing laptops and other property worth $34,650. His two co-offenders who received the stolen property were also sentenced to jail, with one sentence suspended.
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Tuesday 31 October 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kelikupa Maile (37) was sentenced to two-years six-months imprisonment for convictions on numerous charges, including serious housebreaking and theft of goods valued at $11,523 pa’anga from a house at Kahana Lagoon in Halaleva.
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Monday 16 October 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Seinivunga Lafo’ou (30) was sentenced to 20-months imprisonment, partially suspended, for forgery and theft of around $34,000 from her employer, National Rugby League Tonga, taken from a bank account in 46 systematic unauthorised withdrawals over 13-months. She tried to frame her co-worker for the theft. The funds stolen were a grant from the Government of Australia for the development of NRL in Tonga.
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Friday 6 October 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fokikovi Lauaki (28) was jailed for stealing $144,660 from Luna'eva Enterprises Limited in 2022. She diverted the company's funds into her own bank account and another bank account. “That she did this after being dismissed shows a particularly brazen character and one determined to cheat,” said the judge.
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Friday 29 September 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siaosi Havea (28) was sentenced to three-years five-months imprisonment for serious housebreaking and the theft of goods valued at $10,118 pa’anga from a shop at Poutaha. ““It is quite obvious from the defendant’s previous convictions that he is a habitual property offender and is a high risk of re-offending,” said the judge.
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Monday 25 September 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men have been jailed for the theft of Tongan koloa worth over $30,000 pa’anga and a vehicle in two separate incidents. While, a co-accused received a fully suspended sentence for receiving one of the stolen goods.
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Thursday 17 August 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Viliami Tu’ipulotu and Heneli Manuofetoa have been found guilty of receiving stolen property, namely laptops stolen from the Ministry of Revenue in 2022. 
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Wednesday 5 July 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Temipale Tatafu (36) was sentenced to 30-months imprisonment for serious housebreaking, theft and serious wilful damage of goods valued over $10,000 pa’anga of another man at Fangaloto in 2022.
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Wednesday 5 July 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Ilaisaane Kolo (19) was sentenced to eight-months imprisonment for the theft of $15,000 pa’anga, which was inside a handbag she stole from a woman at her home market in Ma'ufanga.
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Tuesday 18 April 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A prolific armed robber, Rodney Toki (27), must serve another two years in prison, to be added onto a 12 years sentence he is already serving, the Appeal Court ruled this month. “This is one of those rare cases where there is little if any hope of his rehabilitation. The protection of society requires that he remain imprisoned for a lengthy period, which properly reflects the total seriousness of his two distinct bouts of criminal offending," stated the Appeal Court ruling.
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Friday 14 April 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tevita Taulanga Tupou (22) had a year added to his current three-years sentence for his most recent offences of serious housebreaking and theft of Tongan mats and other items valued at $14,100 from a church in Ma'ufanga.
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Tuesday 7 March 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sosefo Kanongata’a (32) was jailed for serious housebreaking and theft of over 400 perfume oils and lotions worth over $16,000 pa'anga, among other goods, from a home business in Ma’ufanga. His co-accused got suspended sentence for receiving the stolen property.
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Thursday 23 February 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Alifeleti Uasi (20) and Niviko Maea (18) have been jailed for serious housebreaking and theft of $68,971 pa'anga from a residence at Halaleva in 2022.
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