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Tuesday 1 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two of five men pleaded not guilty to the murder of Sione Feimoefiafi (49). While, the others pleaded not guilty and guilty to lesser counts, at the start of the trial at the Supreme Court.
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Tuesday 1 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mikaele Hoponoa Pahulu (40) was sentenced to three-years imprisonment for beating up a 71-year-old patient at the Psychiatric Ward in Vaiola Hospital. The victim, who suffered a severe head injury, remains paralysed and is fed via nasogastric tube.
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Monday 31 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Manase Tonga (42) received a suspended prison sentence on August 28 at the Supreme Court for possession of cannabis, and also a rifle and ammunition without a licence, in two separate incidents in 2018-19. The court was told the accused had begun selling drugs because his work fixing water pumps at the bottom of the village wells presented health and safety hazards, and caused impairments that made it difficult for him to maintain his family.
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Friday 28 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Liufau Latu (30) was found guilty by a jury of reckless driving causing the death of his passenger Tevita Moa Taufa (27) last year in Fatai. He is detained in police custody for sentencing on September 25.
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Thursday 27 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The trial of five men charged with the murder of Sione Feimoefiafi (49) will start at the Supreme Court on Monday, August 31.
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Wednesday 26 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 41-year-old man who injured another man with a shovel suffers from mental illness. He was unfit to be tried for the offence, and committed to the Psychiatric Ward at Vaiola Hospital, by the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court.
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Tuesday 25 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 47-year-old man was sentenced today at the Supreme Court to two-years imprisonment for two counts of serious indecent assault of a woman in Tongatapu.
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Monday 24 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A woman whose flowering trees and plants on a Puke allotment were destroyed by a neighbour who had an interest in the land, has won an appeal in the Supreme Court to receive compensation for the loss of the plants in her private garden. The case involved two parties who had been given informal rights to use the land belonging to Noble Fohe.
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Monday 24 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Felesi Manu (20) has been charged with assaulting his 31-year-old girlfriend who remains at Vaiola Hospital. He appeared at the Fasi Magistrate's Court today.
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Friday 21 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A group of four people who were arrested inside a private home at Houma and fined $1000 each for “breach of curfew” in May, had their convictions set aside after the Lord Chief Justice granted their appeal.
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Thursday 20 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tevita Valikoula was convicted today of abetting the theft of 85 kava plants valued at $17,000 pa'anga at Manuka in May 2019. He will be sentenced in October.
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Wednesday 19 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Elisapeti Langi was appointed Acting Judge of the Supreme Court for an initial period of four-months, starting September 1. The new judge will help meet increasing caseloads in the Supreme Court criminal division.
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Tuesday 18 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tevita Valikoula was found guilty today at the Supreme Court for receiving stolen properties, namely Tongan (koloa) mats and tapa valued at $19,400 pa'anga. He was detained in Police custody for sentencing on a later date.
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Tuesday 18 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Paea he Lotu Sika (25) was sentenced to 18-months imprisonment, which was fully suspended for seriously injuring Hopoate Teisina at Vaini in 2018.
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Monday 17 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A man was sentenced to four-years imprisonment for attempted carnal knowledge of a child under the age of 12 at the Supreme Court. It is the second case of imprisonment last week for sexual offences against a minor.
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Friday 14 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Loketi Malie (39) was found guilty by a jury for seriously harming a 56-year-old man, whom he hit on the leg with a piece of sandalwood in Futu, ‘Eua.
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Friday 14 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A man was sentenced today to seven-years imprisonment for raping a young girl in Tongatapu.
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Thursday 13 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mosese ‘Ofa (36) was sentenced to two and a half-years jail for the unlawful imprisonment of two people whom he held at gunpoint at a beach in Ha’ateiho earlier this year.
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Wednesday 12 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tu’amelie Tolu (42) and his son Paea (17) received suspended prison sentences for seriously injuring a man, whom they repeatedly kicked causing him to loose two of his teeth at Popua.
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Tuesday 11 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sosaia Laloni Kolofale (35) who pleaded guilty to possession of less than one gram of cannabis was placed on a good behaviour bond, at the Supreme Court.
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