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Thursday 6 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A former police officer, Pita Vakalahi (28), was sentenced to two-years and six-months' imprisonment for demanding $640 pa'anga from a driver in a traffic offence case he worked on in 2019. The public need to see that condign punishment will be visited on police officers who betray the trust reposed in them, said the sentencing judge who also suspended 12 months of the sentence.
Saturday 1 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siaosi Brown (31) was found guilty of possession of illicit drugs, namely 222.69 grams of cannabis seized during a police search at a residence at Fanga. He will be sentenced on 11 November. In delivering his verdict Mr Justice Cooper was critical of the Crown prosecution's attempts to to call a convicted drug user to attempt to undermine the evidence of two police officers. “That sort of error needs to be properly understood so it is not repeated,” he warned.
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Tuesday 27 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Taione (41) was sentenced to 17-months' imprisonment for the theft of meat boxes, to the value of $10,225 pa'anga, from a refrigerated container belonging to a store in Fasi.
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Tuesday 20 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hateni Kaufusi was found not guilty of theft of a car and robbery of cash at a petrol station on Hihifo Road, after the Prosecution failed to prove the charges beyond reasonable doubt, at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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Saturday 17 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Heneli Losalu (25), ‘Akapei Fa (20) and Semisi Moeaki (20) have been jailed for serious bodily harm, committed when they jointly attacked and injured a 17-year-old in the village of Puke in January this year. "It is a tragedy of this case that these young men are getting prison sentences today. But this court cannot allow this level of violence, with rolling attacks spilling over into peoples' kava clubs or private residence, especially when in the name of the inter college rivalry. That is simply demented and wrong," said the judge.
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Thursday 15 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Titali To’ia (39) was sentenced to three-years two-months imprisonment for possession of 3.33 grams of methamphetamine, after Police intercepted his vehicle in Havelu, Tongatapu.
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Tuesday 13 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nesiasi Kamoto (49) was found guilty of discharging a a .22 rifle to intimidate his relatives, who were living at his tax allotment in Tofoa. He will be sentenced at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court. on 28 October. “This should be a salient reminder to owners and licensed holders how important it is to ensure safe and secure storage of firearms," said the judge.
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Tuesday 13 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mele Teusiva ‘Amanaki was awarded $50,000 in damages by the Supreme Court, after winning a long and winding defamation lawsuit against Tonga Weekly newspaper and its former editor Faka'osi Maama, who published articles and a photograph on three occasions back in 2014. The Lord Chief Justice had no hesitation in finding that both defendants were actuated by malice.
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Saturday 10 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Prisoner Piliote Uasike (26) was sentenced to three-years for possessing of 4.66 grams of methamphetamine, found on him. A repeat drug offender, he is already in prison serving time on other drugs offences.
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Thursday 8 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Jailed offender Siosaia Hungalu (27) was sentenced to three-years imprisonment for the housebreaking and theft of Tongan mats, valued at around $13,900 pa'anga, from a residence in Kolofo’ou. He is serving time for other offences.
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Thursday 8 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Six new judges have been appointed to Tonga's Court of Appeal. The increase is to ensure availability for each session.
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Tuesday 6 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A pregnant mother of four, Kahealani Tonga (38) was sentenced to 14-months imprisonment, which was fully suspended, for possession of 2.09 grams of methamphetamine. “Though she may not have been the person making the money from the deal she was facilitating this devastating trade, which is a scourge that destroys the minds and lives of so many people in Tonga," said the judge.
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Friday 2 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ma’afu Ledger (42) was sentenced to four-years imprisonment for causing serious bodily harm, when he struck a 62-year-old man with a can of beer, resulting in permanent blindness in the vitcim's right eye.
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Friday 2 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Elikisoni Langi (67) was fined $10,000 pa’anga for importing prohibited goods, 5,000 rounds of ammunition and five .22 rifles, concealed inside a crate at the wharf in 2019.
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Friday 2 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Uaisele Fifita (30) was sentenced to three-years and 10-months imprisonment for numerous counts, that included forgery and embezzlement of $29,803 from his employer in separate cases.
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Friday 2 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two women, including a former police officer, who advertised an illegal pyramid scheme, were ordered by the Supreme Court to pay $4,000 each or in default face imprisonment. "This sentence should act as a warning that pyramid and/or ponzi schemes are illegal in Tonga and anyone thinking of operating such a scheme will face severe punishment," warned the Judge.
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Friday 26 August 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kalafitoni Toluta'u (41) and Simoni Taliai (39) who pleaded guilty to a joint count of possessing 1.96 grams of methamphetamine, after they were reported to be selling illicit drugs from a car in Ma'ufanga were jailed. A co-accused convicted of a lesser count received a suspended sentence.
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Thursday 25 August 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 62-year old man was sentenced to seven-years imprisonment for six counts of indecent assault of a minor aged 12 years old, on Tongatapu.
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Wednesday 10 August 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Former Prime Minister and Tongatapu No. 10 People’s Representative, Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa retains his seat in the Legislative Assembly, after his appeals were upheld by the Appeal Court on 9 August. Two other Tongatapu People's Representatives also keep their seats, after appeals against them were dismissed.
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Tuesday 9 August 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three Tongan Cabinet Ministers have lost their appeals against court decisions that declared their election results void. Eight judgments from a Special Court of Appeal session, held last month, were released late this afternoon in Nuku'alofa. The Appeal Court said, “If there is a lesson to be learned, candidates for an election should be astute not to make any gifts within three-months of an election...Rather they should withhold their largesse until after the election.” Some of the other appeals were also dismissed.
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