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Friday 1 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Simione Ikahihifo (55) who was sentenced to serve seven and a half-years imprisonment for dangerous driving causing the death of 'Aisea Kaifa (66) in 2020, had his sentence reduced to five-years by the Appeal Court on October 1.
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Friday 1 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Ana Katokakala Siale (37) had her suspended sentence for house breaking and theft of Tongan handicrafts valued at $14,100 pa'anga, quashed by the Appeal Court on October 1. She will now serve six-months at Hu'atolitoli Prison.
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Friday 1 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Repeat drug offender Pangi Puloka (47) who is currently imprisoned, was unsuccessful in his Appeal against conviction on drugs offences.
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Thursday 30 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lafitani Mahe who is currently serving a prison term for housebreaking and theft received an additional time for possession of illicit drugs, after being sentenced at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court today. His co-accused received a suspended sentence.
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Tuesday 28 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 24 people who were arrested in July and August and charged over the seizure of an alleged 14 kilograms of cocaine in Vava‘u are pending their court appearances. No new arrests have been made.
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Monday 27 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nomani Kama Manulevu (45) from Nukuhetulu who is charged with the exportation of 30 kilograms of methamphetamine from Tonga to New Zealand has been released on bail in Nuku'alofa.
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Monday 27 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The judgments of appeal cases heard in the second and last session of this year's Court of Appeal in Tonga will be delivered on Friday, October 1.
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Friday 24 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Rick Riechelmann (60) was sentenced to 21-months imprisonment for possession of cannabis seized at his home in Fangaloto. The sentence was fully suspended after the judge considered the health issues the defendant faced. The defendant admitted he was smoking cannabis for pain relief and taking it palliatively.
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Friday 24 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Pouono (21) was sentenced to 32 and a half-months imprisonment for serious causing bodily harm, when he used a hammer to beat up the driver who gave him a lift, when he was hitch-hiking in Lapaha. He was currently serving time in prison for a knife attack that severed a victim's finger, that happened the day before the hammer attack.
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Thursday 23 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The second session of Tonga's Court of Appeal for this year concluded today, September 23. Judgements on 11 cases including land, criminal and civil appeals, will be delivered in due course.
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Thursday 23 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lisiate Lakalaka (21) was sentenced to 16-months imprisonment for serious housebreaking and theft of electronics goods valued at $10,900 pa’anga, at 'Anana. The offender had previous convictions.
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Wednesday 22 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Latu Mata’u (43) was sentenced to 34-months imprisonment for serious causing bodily harm to a 21-year-old, whom he injured with a metal pipe while drinking at Veitongo. The sentence was fully suspended due to factors considered by the Supreme Court Judge that resulted in this exception.
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Wednesday 22 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vainikolo Maile (39) who was convicted of serious indecent assault of a woman received a suspended sentence on condition, that he voluntarily be admitted to the Psychiatric Ward at Vaiola Hospital for three-months. The judge said Maile is someone who has struggled with intellectual impairment from birth and there was no system of support that was offered in his formative years.
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Tuesday 21 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ta‘ufo‘ou Fale‘ofa (45) was sentenced today to 20-months imprisonment for using a firearm without a license, specifically a .45 pistol, which he fired at a vehicle in Kolonga in January this year, after entering a home with a loaded firearm. The judge noted the accused had a significant criminal history both here and in the United States for violence involving firearms.
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Monday 20 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Isileli and Sofia Tu’ifua (both 27) were sentenced to six-months imprisonment each, after being convicted on joint counts of possessing methamphetamine and cannabis. Their sentences were fully suspended.
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Monday 20 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Samuela Fiefia (26) was sentenced to eight months imprisonment for possession of 1.19 grams methamphetamine and possession 4.27 grams of cannabis seized at his home in Ma'ufanga.
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Thursday 16 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kaufusi Moala (30) was sentenced today to six-months imprisonment for possession of 0.26 grams of methamphetamine. The sentence was fully suspended on conditions.
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Wednesday 15 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kalafitoni Toluta’u (42), a deportee and repeat offender, was sentenced today to two-years six-months imprisonment for possession of 2.8 grams of methamphetamine, seized at 'Utulau in 2018. .
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Tuesday 14 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Faka‘anaua ‘Akau (22) was today sentenced to additional 30-months imprisonment at Hu'atolitoli Prison for escaping lawful custody, serious housebreaking and theft committed in 'Eua. He is currently in prison for previous offences.
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Friday 10 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Okusitino Maka Langi (46) was found guilty of possession of illicit drugs, including 43.85 grams of methamphetamine seized at his residence in Hala'ovave. He will be sentenced in October.
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