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Friday 3 February 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Manavahetau Fua’eiki (43) is serving a total sentence of three-years nine-months imprisonment for two separate cases, that included charges of serious housebreaking and theft of firearms, which he committed in 2021, while he was on a suspended sentence for drug offences. This suspended sentence was activated.
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Thursday 2 February 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Reckless driving leading to death is a crime that sadly remains all too prevalent in Tonga and, in this case, resulted in the death of a 21-months old toddler, the Lord Chief Justice stressed in sentencing a 27-year-old driver to two and a half years in prison. Part of the sentence was suspended.
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Wednesday 1 February 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A prisoner, Motuku Kafalava (25), who is serving a life imprisonment sentence for murder, was sentenced to concurrent jail time, for possession of a substantial amount of methamphetamine. His 24-year-old co-accused, Latu Veamatahau got a lengthy jail term.
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Wednesday 1 February 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Maamaloa Fangupo (28) was sentenced to two-years six-months imprisonment for serious causing bodily harm to another 28-year-old man, when he stabbed him multiple times, during a drink up in Ha’ateiho in 2022.
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Monday 30 January 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A teenager, Semisi Peleketi Vea was sentenced to three-years eight months imprisonment for causing grievous bodily harm to a 20-year-old man using a machete, in 2022.
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Thursday 26 January 2023
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Andy Hayden Fukofuka (36) received a suspended sentence for possession of arms and ammunition without a license, the he disclosed when stopped at a check-point on his way to get vaccinated in Nuku'alofa, in 2021.
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Wednesday 25 January 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Titali To’ia got more jail time when he was sentenced to six-years imprisonment for reckless driving causing the death of Netane Nimo at Veitongo in 2022. The judge said the defendant's offending was serious and “demonstrates a disregard for the law and for the safety of other users of the road.”
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Wednesday 25 January 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Poni ‘Ahohako (26) was sentenced to four-years imprisonment for charges, that included causing bodily harm to Lord Dalgety and theft in two separate incidents in 2011.
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Wednesday 25 January 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mele Teusivi 'Amanaki was convicted of failing to deliver a signed statement of her election expenses and was ordered to pay $200 fine within a month or face one-month imprisonment, after the Crown successfully appealed against her earlier discharge without conviction by the Magistrate's Court.
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Saturday 21 January 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lautaimi Makafilia (31) was sentenced to four-years imprisonment for the serious housebreaking and theft of electronic goods, whose value exceeded $82,000 pa’anga, from Lord's Mobile in Nuku'alofa last year.
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Thursday 22 December 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two former police officers who are in jail for common assault, after they punched and kicked a defenceless 21-year-old in Vava’u, will not be allowed to appeal their sentences. President of the Appeal Court, Lord Chief Justice Whitten, in his ruling on 12 December rejected their applications, as they had no reasonable prospects of success.
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Thursday 22 December 2022

Auckland, New Zealand
A trusted church pastor, Siosateki Tonga Faletau, was revealed as using his position to abuse several young girls, over many years. Faletau who was jailed for two years and three months, lost his appeal for permanent name suppression, after it was heard in the High Court at Auckland.
Monday 12 December 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ryan Vakaahi (29) was sentenced to three-years four-months imprisonment for causing bodily harm, when he shot another man on his thigh with a .22 rifle at 'Anana.
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Wednesday 7 December 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Koionia Latu ‘Ekuasi (32) was sentenced to three-years imprisonment for forgery and obtaining over $20,000 pa'anga by false pretences, when she misused money for her sister's wedding. Three other charges related to a separate fake car dealer business scam, where the offending was a planned financial criminal enterprise, orchestrated over a period of at least 15-months and bilked money from three separate victims.
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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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Friday 4 November 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Viliami Halalilo and Tukumo’ui Havea have been found guilty of common assault, when they punched and kicked a 21-year-old victim in Neiafu, Vava’u. “They indulged in sheer hooliganism and behaviour and not keeping with the dignity and high standards of the Tongan Police Force,” said the Supreme Court judge.
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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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