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Wednesday 16 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three men who caused the death of Sione Feimoefiafi (49) by stomping on his head at and outside the Tali‘eva Bar in the Nuku'alofa CBD in 2019, were today found guilty of manslaughter. They are detained in police custody for sentencing in October.
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Tuesday 15 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Toio Lauteau (42) was convicted today at the Supreme Court of serious causing bodily harm, when he hit his wife twice on the head with a hammer in ‘Ohonua, ‘Eua. He will be sentenced on November 10.
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Tuesday 15 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Talikivaha Palei Posoni was acquitted of possessing cocaine at Te'ekiu, after a Supreme Court judge found that the evidence was insufficient to prove beyond reasonable doubt the offence. There were discrepancies in the evidence because the analyst's report about the substance she received did not match the substance found by police at the accused's house.
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Monday 14 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Lord Chief Justice has remitted a traffic case to be retried at the lower court, after setting aside a Senior Magistrate’s decision who acquitted a man of obstructing a driver.
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Monday 14 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The verdicts on four men charged in the death of Sione Feimoeafi (49) trial will be delivered on Wednesday, September 16 at the Supreme Court.
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Thursday 10 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vilimoa Afu (35) was sentenced at the Supreme Court to six-months imprisonment, which was fully suspended, for possession of 0.11 gram of methamphetamine, at Ngele’ia.
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Thursday 10 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vaipulu Ikamanu was discharged on charges relating to the importation of prohibited goods, a .22 rifle and 6,801 ammunitions alleged to have been smuggled in a box from the United States last year. He said, he was only asked to collect it. The judge said S.117 of the act was inconsistent with the Constitution “and I therefore find that S.117 is void.”
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Wednesday 9 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sioeli Tapueluelu was jailed for nine-months imprisonment for possession of 3.37 grams of methamphetamine, at the Supreme Court last week.
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Wednesday 9 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Viliami Talivakaola was discharged at the Supreme Court on charges relating to the importation of prohibited goods, namely a shotgun and 900 ammunitions, alleged to have been smuggled to Tonga in a shipment from the United States last year. He found that the indictment against the accused was faulty.
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Tuesday 8 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ma’ata Pouono (46) was sentenced today to one-year six-months imprisonment, which was fully suspended, for possession of methamphetamine and bribery of a police officer, at Lapaha in 2018. Police seized the methamphetamine hidden inside a diaper in a rubbish bag at the accused's home as well as $1,366 cash found in her wallet.
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Friday 4 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An appeal by Lord Tu’ivakano against his conviction by a jury, will be heard on September 22 by Tonga’s Appeal Court in Nuku’alofa.
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Friday 4 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An application by ‘Anisi Kulufeinga Bloomfield for leave to appeal against his extradition to Fiji under the Extradition Act was refused by Lord Chief Justice Whitten, in a ruling from the Supreme Court on 2 September. The extraordinary circumstances of the case, and contradictory letters from the Prime Minister, required an affidavit from the Prime Minister to be considered in the ruling.
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Wednesday 2 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tevita Talia’uli Fatongiatau (33) was sentenced at the Supreme Court last week to two-years six-months imprisonment for possession of illicit drugs. He was a guest at a motel in Nuku'alofa, when he flushed some of the drugs in the toilet when Police apprehended him.
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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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