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Thursday 9 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 16 men and one woman arrested in a major drugs operation in Tongatapu over the Easter weekend remain in custody pending bail hearing.
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Wednesday 8 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A speeding drunk driver, Vilisoni Finau, was found guilty of reckless driving causing the death of another driver Tou’anga Ma’a Tonga Kamea in a collision on the roundabout intersection of Vaha‘akolo and Mateialona Roads in Nuku‘alofa, in June last year.
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Wednesday 8 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A re-offender, Pouono ‘Aisake (29) was sentenced to six-years imprisonment after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, when he hit a Senior Police Constable with a machete on the head, in August 2018. The judge found that the accused when angry poses a serious danger to society.
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Tuesday 7 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Emilio To’a has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Siaosi ‘Okusitino Tupa, who died after being stabbed multiple times with a knife during a drunken brawl at Fangaloto in March, 2018.
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Monday 6 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Paula Naitoko (59) is the Senior Customs Officer charged in relation to a major seizure of drugs by Tonga Customs Officers on April 23 at the Queen Salote Wharf.
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Friday 3 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Filipe Jr is the man charged over 242 grams of cannabis seeds brought into Tonga, at Fua’amotu International Airport on March 30. The case was adjourned to May 27.
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Friday 3 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lisiate ‘Otuhouma is the 28-year-old man charged after being arrested with three kilograms of methamphetamine at his home in Fahefa on April 17.
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Friday 3 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Senior Customs Officer arrested in relation to a major seizure of drugs by Tonga Customs Officers on April 23 at the Queen Salote Wharf, is due to appear at the Fasi Magistrate’s Court on Monday, May 6.
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Thursday 2 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A deceitful senior loans officer, Finau Heuifanga Vea was convicted of embezzling more than $70,000 pa’anga from her employer, Five Star Finance in 2015. She is remanded in custody for sentencing at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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Wednesday 1 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siokatame Tupou continues to serve a lengthy imprisonment term for attacking and injuring two men with a machete in 2017, after the Appeal Court dismissed his appeal and said, offenders inflicting serious injury with a weapon must ordinarily expect to serve a term of imprisonment.
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Wednesday 1 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The cases against two Tongan Cabinet Ministers, one over a stolen cow and the other for disobeying a Port Master’s direction in regards to his vessels, are pending at the Fasi Magistrate's Court in Nuku'alofa.
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Tuesday 30 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Latu Kiteau (45) who was convicted of possession of sea cucumbers during the closed season was fined $200 pa’anga to be paid within two-months.
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Monday 29 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Sri Lankan citizen, Mr Vaseeth Samsudeen received a fully suspended sentence after using a forged French passport to enter Tonga and attempting to depart from Tonga, in May last year.
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Monday 29 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Viliami Latu who was convicted in the Supreme Court of fraudulently converting $1,200 pa’anga at the Ministry of Finance in Neiafu was sentenced to 60 hours of community work.
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Thursday 18 April 2019

Auckland, New Zealand
One of New Zealand’s largest bus companies – Ritchies Transport Holdings –pleaded guilty before an Auckland court on Monday to failing to comply with New Zealand healthy and safety regulations in relation to a bus crash in 2016 near the city of Gisborne in which three Tongan passengers died.
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Thursday 18 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A long legal action brought by Busby Kautoke against the termination of his employment as Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet, has again been referred back to a Public Service Tribunal for re-determination.
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Thursday 18 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Prisoner and prolific offender Heamani Lopeti will continue to serve his 10-years imprisonment, after his appeal against conviction and sentence for armed robbery and serious bodily harm was dismissed.
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Thursday 18 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Appeal Court has convicted a 27-year-old woman for embezzling more than $11,000 pa’anga; overturning a decision that was granted by Justice Laki Niu to discharge her without conviction last year. Loleini ‘Ala embezzled out of resentment to fund frivolous activities, staged a robbery and made a false complaint to the Police.
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Thursday 18 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siaosi Helu was sent to Hu'atolitoli Prison after his appeal against conviction on possession of 39.65 grams of cannabis was dismissed by the Appeal Court on April 17 in Nuku’alofa.
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Wednesday 17 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The distribution and use of methamphetamine in Tonga is a significant government and community concern, Tonga's Appeal Court stated in overturning a judge's decision to let a meth smoker go free without conviction. The Appeal Court convicted the meth user of possession.
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