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Thursday 2 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An heir lost his claim in a land dispute against his younger brother and the Minister of Lands. This was after, the Land Court found that when he did not claim it, the land reverted back to the estate holder and there was nothing he could claim as heir.
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Wednesday 1 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two people who pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine at Hofoa in 2018 received suspended sentences, at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court today.
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Wednesday 1 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 51-year-old man was found guilty of rape, while a 22-year-old was guilty of indecent assault committed on a young girl, under the age of 12 in Tongatapu.
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Tuesday 30 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A decision by a Magistrate to acquit a police officer on a theft charge, due to insufficient evidence, was upheld by the Lord Chief Justice, on June 25 at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court. However, the Chief Justice suggested the case was an example in favour of amending the Criminal Offences Act, so that cases of unauthorised borrowing or temporary use fall within the definition of theft.
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Manase Tonga was convicted on two counts of possession of cannabis and nine .22 rifle ammunitions without a license, during a police search of a vehicle at Sopu.
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Thursday 25 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fili Langi Ta’ai (57) who pleaded guilty to one count of bribery of a member of Tonga Police was sentenced to nine-months imprisonment, which was fully suspended at the Supreme Court on June 25.
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Tuesday 23 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A prolific thief, Sione Mafi Lolohea (34) was sentenced to seven-years six-months imprisonment for serious housebreaking and theft, when he stole around $19,400 pa'anga worth of heritage koloa in 2019. The judge said the thief had made a life of crime and caused much misery and sorrow to many victims.
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Monday 22 June 2020

Nuku'alofa,Tonga
One of three soldiers, jointly charged with causing serious bodily harm to a civilian two-years ago, was found guilty by the Supreme Court, on June 18, while two soldiers were acquitted.
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Thursday 18 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Aleki Filikitonga (26) was sentenced to one-year six-months imprisonment, which was fully suspended, for theft of $28,000 pa’anga from the Tonga Development Bank branch in 'Eua.
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Wednesday 17 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tavalea Tupou (17) was sentenced to four-years imprisonment for stabbing another boy on the head with a sharp object, in a school fight in Nuku'alofa, last year. There is need for deterrence to bring such senseless violence to a halt, the Supreme Court judge said in imposing the sentence yesterday. This is the second student involved in a school violence to be sent to prison this year.
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Tuesday 16 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Ileana Suliana Taulua was found not guilty on five counts of making a false declaration to obtain a Tongan passport at the Supreme Court on June 11. A sixth count of possession of a forged passport was dismissed, after the Crown led no evidence. The Chief Justice also noted that an era within this country to grant passports to non Tongan nationals for considerable sums of money had led to renewals of those passports that caused significant concern.
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Monday 15 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A man was acquitted of unlawful possession of a .38 pistol by a Supreme Court judge, who found the police search unlawful. In addition, prosecution failed to prove the charge beyond reasonable doubt.
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Friday 12 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Evona ‘Akau [55] was sentenced to a suspended sentence of 18-months imprisonment, for carrying an excessive number of passengers on the 'Eua ferry MV 'Onemato, in January last year. “Mercifully, there was no tragedy here because, if a life had been lost...more serious charges could have been laid,” said the judge.
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Thursday 11 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Anisi Kulufeinga Bloomfield, a former CEO of the Ministry of Revenue and Customs is to be extradited to Fiji, where he is to be tried for offences of theft and dishonesty allegedly committed between 2011-14. A warrant for his arrest was issued in the Magistrate's Court of Fiji on 27 March 2018.
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Wednesday 10 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 44-year-old man has been jailed for two-years after he was found guilty on two counts of indecent assault of a teenage girl in 2018. "With the possible exception of the relatively recent rise in serious drug related offences, sexual offences, especially against the young are one of the most damaging ills to the moral and legal integrity of any society," said the Chief Justice.
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Tuesday 9 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Crown has been ordered by the Lord Chief Justice to return more than $30,000 pa’anga in cash to 13 Chinese people. The cash was forfeited when they were arrested during a police raid aimed at illegal gambling in 2019.
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Wednesday 3 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 28-year-old man who pleaded guilty to seriously injuring his brother when he hit him with a machete, suffers from mental illness. He was ordered by the Supreme Court to be involuntarily admitted to the Vaiola Hospital Psychiatric Unit, instead of being sentenced.
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Tuesday 2 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 45-year-old mother of eight was found guilty today on two charges of possession of 0.18 grams of methamphetamine and bribery of a police officer, when she was arrested at Lapaha in 2018. Meth was found hidden in a diaper at her home.
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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.
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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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