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Wednesday 14 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Simione Ikahihifo (55) was sentenced to seven-years and six-months imprisonment for dangerous driving causing the death of 'Aisea Kaifa (66) on Hihifo Road at Sia'atoutai in August 2020. The judge said that In 2015 Tonga increased its maximum sentence to 15 years imprisonment for drunk driving causing death, as a deterrent, so that lives might be saved.
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Wednesday 14 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Amusia Mateni (42) was sentenced today to 3 years and six months imprisonment for possession of 8.08 grams of methamphetamine and interfering with evidence that was seized during an altercation with a police officer on a road in Ngele'ia. The judge noted that in the accused’s current state of involvement with methamphetamines with its resultant delusional dishonesty ...“his wife and children may be better off without him.”
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Tuesday 13 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The trial against a current Cabinet Minister and People’s Representative to Parliament, ‘Akosita Lavulavu and her husband, ‘Etuate Lavulavu, also a former Cabinet Minister, started on April 12 at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court. The couple have pleaded not guilty to three joint counts of obtaining a total of over $500,000 pa'anga by false pretences.
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Monday 12 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kaati Luka (22) who beat up his 40-year-old partner leaving her with facial injuries that resulted in her admission to the surgical ward at Vaiola Hospital, was sentenced to one-year eight-months imprisonment.
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Friday 9 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Malia Selupe (32) was sentenced today to three-years imprisonment for obtaining by false pretences around $59,950 pa’anga from customers, at her car dealer company in Longolongo.
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Thursday 8 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siolosi Hu’akau (21) who was convicted of dangerous driving causing the death of a woman on the road in Talafo’ou, was sentenced to three-years imprisonment. He suffers from physical and mental handicaps and it was extremely regrettable that he was even allowed to drive a vehicle in the first place, said the Lord Chief Justice today.
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Wednesday 7 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An appeal by an heir trying to claim allotments in Pea was dismissed by Tonga's Court of Appeal, who found that due to his failure to apply for it within the legal time-frame, the allotments were no longer available for inheritance when it reverted back to the estate holder.
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Wednesday 7 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Manavahetau Fua’eiki (42) who was convicted of possession of methamphatamine was sentenced to one-year nine-months imprisonment, which was fully suspended on conditions at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa.
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Tuesday 6 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Soane (57) was sentenced to 16-months imprisonment after being convicted of uttering counterfeit currency, which amounted to $500 pa’anga at different venues in December 2019. The offending was driven entirely by greed.
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Thursday 1 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lilieta Tu’itupou (30) who assaulted her 54-year-old mother with a machete remains jailed for three-months, after appealing against her sentence to the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa. The judge said, this was a very sad case involving an adult daughter assaulting her mother.
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Tuesday 30 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Salesi Fa’aoa was found guilty on possession of 0.3 gram of methamphetamine seized in his vehicle on Vuna Road last year. He will be sentenced on April 30, at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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Monday 29 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Limoni Tito Siasau was found guilty of serious indecent assault committed on a 33-year-old female worker on board a yacht in Vaipua, Vava'u.
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Thursday 18 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The first session of Tonga's Court of Appeal this year will sit for two-days starting on March 22, and will include two judges appearing via audio-visual link from abroad.
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Wednesday 17 March 2021

Nuku'alofa,Tonga
The recently appointed Governor of Ha’apai, Viliami Manuopangai Hingano (46) was found guilty today of unlawful possession of 198kg of turtle meat, confiscated in a cargo onboard the MV 'Otuanga'ofa ferry last year. The Supreme Court judge did not believe the former Member of Parliament’s evidence that he did not know the requirement of the law. “Ignorance of the law is not a defence to any offence.”
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Monday 15 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Samiu Fifita (39) was today sentenced at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court, to nine-months imprisonment for possession of 0.16 gram of methamphetamine. The sentence was fully suspended, on conditions, due to his clean record,
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Thursday 11 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Malia Selupe (32) will be sentenced on April 9 at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on five counts of obtaining by false pretences around $59,000 pa’anga from customers at her car dealer company in Longolongo.
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Wednesday 10 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lafitani Mahe (32) is serving five-years and six-months imprisonment for serious housebreaking and theft of goods, including Tongan valuables valued at $34,000. He is also serving time for possession of 1.4 grams of methamphatamine.
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Tuesday 9 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Inivenesi Helu (39) is serving one-year imprisonment for causing grievous bodily harm to a 17-year-old teenager by using a machete during an altercation, in Nuku'alofa.
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Friday 5 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A case on the theft of taro leaves from a plantation in Ha'alalo was ordered to be returned to the Magistrate’s Court for a hearing, after the Supreme Court allowed an appeal, and quashed a decision of a magistrate who had dismissed it.
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Thursday 4 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Asaeli Teulilo (32) is serving eight months imprisonment for possessing 1.3 grams of cocaine and 0.1 gram of cannabis. The Lord Chief Justice warned that harsher penalties are expected on any offences committed after November 26, 2020, involving more than 0.25 grams of a Class A drug, because they are deemed as supply.
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