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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An appeal by Tonga's Attorney General is challenging the decision by a Supreme Court judge to discharge a man who possessed meth.
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.
Wednesday 12 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 35-year-old woman who was convicted of serious fraudulent conversion by a government servant in Vava’u was sentenced to three-years and three-months imprisonment on December 10, at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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Wednesday 12 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Viliami Mangisi (59) who is charged in the seizure of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of around $2 million pa’anga in May earlier this year, had his case adjourned to January 2019 after appearing at the Fasi Magistrate's Court earlier this week.
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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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Thursday 29 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Pacific Games plaintiffs who are trying to sue the Kingdom of Tonga for multi-million pa'anga damages over its cancelling of the Pacific Games hosting in 2019, have been given leave to amend their claims, after the Chief Justice found their statement of claim was seriously defective. The defendant, the Kingdom of Tonga, had applied to strike out / or stay the plaintiffs claims.
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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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Monday 26 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Finau Mahe (41) who appeared at the Fasi Magistrate’s Court on November 26, charged in relation to the seizure of $460,000 pa’anga worth of methamphetamine at Kanokupolu has been released on bail.
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Monday 26 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Five men who were arrested on November 15 after illicit drugs and a pistol were seized in a vehicle during a police routine traffic stop on Hihifo Road and at a property in Fangaloto, appeared at the Fasi Magistrate's Court on November 26.
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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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Sunday 18 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mele 'Amanaki Samate, who presented a petition to Parliament calling for the impeachment of seven Cabinet Ministers this year, said they are working on cases to take the Cabinet Ministers to Court.
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Thursday 15 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Kingdom of Tonga has an arguable defence to claims made by Plaintiffs, Lord Sevele-'o-Vailahi and 10 former members of the Pacific Games Organizing Committee, Lord Chief Justice O. G. Paulsen ruled on November 8.
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Tuesday 13 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
“There can be only one widow”, ruled the Tonga Land Court, when ordering that Vaiosina Kupu be registered as the lawful holder of a town and tax allotment in Ha‘atafu. The land belonging to her late husband, had been granted by the Minister of Lands to another woman who also claimed to be the widow.
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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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Monday 12 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 26-year-old solo-mother, Loleini ‘Ala, who pleaded guilty to stealing $14,375 pa’anga from her employer in a staged robbery, was discharged without conviction by the Tonga Supreme Court on Wednesday 7 November. The accused’s employer was sympathetic and had asked Police to withdraw the charges.
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Wednesday 31 October 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An attempted murder charge has been made against the alleged male shooter in two petrol station shootings in Fanga and Veitongo on September 5, in addition to earlier charges of armed robbery.
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Tuesday 30 October 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siosaia Latu was found guilty of serious arson of a motor vehicle valued at $16,000 pa’anga at a home in Havelu in November 2015. After a fight earlier that day, he encouraged his uncle to burn a van.
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