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Monday 1 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two 16-year-olds who pleaded guilty to carnal knowledge of a young girl under the age of 15 years and simple indecent assault received non-custodial sentences, at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on May 29. “In the ordinary case, a custodial sentence would be warranted in order to reflect the Court's denunciation of this alarmingly prevalent type of offending, to protect young girls in society and effect adequate deterrence,” the Lord Chief Justice said.
Friday 29 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sinela Fifita (45) who was convicted of stabbing Neiafutahi Bloomfield multiple times at Fatai five-years ago, received a fully suspended sentence at the Supreme Court.
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Wednesday 27 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A man who raped his wife was sent to jail for over five years by the Lord Chief Justice, who sent out a clear message that in any civilized society unwanted sexual violence cannot be justified or tolerated. "Marital rape is a common but under-reported crime."
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Wednesday 27 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siosaia Tu Maile is the 19-year-old charged with the murder of 67-year-old Ned Cook, whom he allegedly assaulted on Friday night, May 15, on Vuna Road.
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Friday 22 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A man was acquitted of unlawful possession of cannabis and methamphetamine by a Supreme Court judge, who found the police search unlawful. In addition, prosecution failed to prove the charges beyond reasonable doubt.
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Thursday 21 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A claim of limited liability by the owner of an oil tanker alleged to have damaged the undersea fibre optic telecommunication cables of Tonga Cable Ltd. in 2019, will be continued on October 30, at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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Tuesday 19 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Crown has been ordered by the Lord Chief Justice to return more than $10,000 in cash to a local Chinese business. The cash was forfeited when he was charged for false declaration, at Fua'amotu International Airport in 2018.
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Thursday 14 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fili Ta'ai (56) of Ngele’ia has pleaded guilty to bribery of a member of Tonga Police, when he appeared at the Supreme Court on May 14.
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Wednesday 13 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lisiate ‘Otuhouma (29), charged in the seizure of three kilograms of methamphetamine at Fahefa, has pleaded not guilty at the Supreme Court.
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Tuesday 12 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tevita Tu’i Uata, a former Minister of Trade, was found not guilty at the Fasi Magistrate's Court on charges of neglecting to obey and refusal to obey the Nuku'alofa Port Master’s direction, regarding the mooring of the MV Pulupaki.
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Tuesday 5 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Supreme Court will consider forfeiture to the Crown of an 'Eua passenger ferry that carried an excessive number of passengers in dangerous waters at night in January last year, after the Master was found guilty yesterday of permitting the MV 'Onemato to sail carrying excess passengers.
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Friday 1 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice, Sione Vuna Fa‘otusia is to be arraigned at the Supreme Court on charges, including interference with the course of justice, in a dispute over a stolen cow in January 2019. Since the respondent is Minister of Justice, counsel agreed that an overseas judge should be appointed to hear the trial.
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Thursday 30 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 32-year-old fisherman who pleaded guilty to possession of 0.61 grams of methamphetamine received suspended sentence, at the Supreme Court on April 27.
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Thursday 30 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 44-year-old self employed builder was sentenced to a fine, after pleading guilty to possession of 44 bullets for a .22 rifle, which he didn't have a license to.
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Wednesday 29 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 17-year old student has been found guilty by a Supreme Court judge for stabbing another boy in the head with a sharp object, in a school fight in Nuku'alofa, last year.
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Wednesday 29 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new date is to be set for the joint trial of the Minister for Infrastructure and Tourism Hon ‘Akosita Lavulavu and husband ‘Etuate, at the Supreme Court.
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Tuesday 28 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Crown has dropped charges against Muli Vehikite regarding the alleged importation of 275.6 grams of methamphetamine, after a key witness, a former senior Tongan police officer, who was under suspicion for possible criminal offences, was unavailable to give evidence.
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Monday 27 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Twenty-two people pleaded guilty and were fined, and another was sentenced to three-months imprisonment, at the Magistrate’s Court in Tongatapu last week, for offences under the Emergency Management Act and during curfew hours.
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Friday 24 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Tu'ivakano was sentenced today to two-years imprisonment, which was fully suspended, for charges relating to the issuance of Tongan passports to Chinese nationals. He was also fined $4,000 for possession of a firearm and ammunition without a license. In sentencing, the Chief Justice also took into consideration the potential ramifications of s.37 of the Land Act, clause 23 of the Constitution and s.386 of the Companies Act. (If the prison sentence was more than two years the noble would lose his hereditary rights.)
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Thursday 23 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The trial of five men charged with the murder of Sione Feimoefiafi (49) in the Nuku'alofa CBD is to start on August 31, at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa.
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