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Wednesday 8 June 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Afimeimo’unga Hola (40) received a suspended sentence of 11 months imprisonment for two counts of using a service to abuse and causing harm by posting an electronic communication. This is the first conviction made under an Electronic Abuse Offences Act in Tonga. Hola broadcasted offences on Facebook and enticed others to commit arson against the plaintiffs and caused them fear and anxiety.
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Friday 3 June 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Alefosio Vaiangina (44) will be sentenced in July after he was convicted of housebreaking and theft of Tongan fine mats valued at $28,400 pa'anga from the Royal Palace in Vava’u.
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Thursday 2 June 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Epuefi Laimani (37) who was sentenced to five and a half years imprisonment for possession of illicit drugs, including 5.15 grams of methamphetamine, while offering cash as bribes to a police officer, was successful in his appeal and got his sentenced reduced to three-years.
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Wednesday 1 June 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Court of Appeal has sent Penisimani Angilau to jail, for causing serious bodily harm to another man, when he hit him with a piece of timber fracturing his left hand at a petrol station in Vaini in 2021. The Appeal Court quashed Hon. Mr Justice Niu’s suspended sentence.
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Wednesday 1 June 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Emeline Haisila (43) was sentenced today to two-years and three-months imprisonment for possession of 2.43 grams of methamphetamines and utensils. She told the court she was using it to stay awake to weave and earn money for her family.
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Saturday 28 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Tu’ivakano lost his appeal against the dismissal of his malicious prosecution claim against the Police Commissioner, Attorney General and the Kingdom of Tonga in 2021, when he was claiming a total of $5.75 million in damages. Today, the Appeal Court judges stated that the Lord Chief Justice was right to dismiss the malicious prosecution claim.
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Friday 27 May 2022
Poasi Tei

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Deputy Prime Minister Poasi Tei and former Prime Minister Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa, both Members of Parliament have each been granted a stay in the execution of their judgements, that declared their election void, until their appeal is heard and determined. They were earlier found to have committed bribery in election petitions heard before the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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Tuesday 24 May 2022
Moeaki and Saulala

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two Cabinet Ministers, who were found to have committed bribery in the lead-up to the November 2021 General Election, have been granted a stay of execution in their judgements, and their unseating stayed, until their appeal is heard and determined. A special Appeal Session is scheduled for July.
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Tuesday 24 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Court of Appeal Court is expected to issue judgments later in the week, after concluding its first session held from May 16-20. 'Etuate Lavulavu's appeal was deferred to the next session later in the year.
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Friday 20 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mafi Fatongiatau Fakatene (22) was sentenced to four-years imprisonment for grievous bodily harm, when he wounded a 25-year-old victim with a machete at Fua'amotu. The court was told that these two men had a long simmering animosity that was punctuated by outbursts of violence.
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Thursday 19 May 2022

Nuku'alofa,Tonga
Lord Tu‘ivakano will have his appeal heard on Friday, 20 May against a decision of the Supreme Court to dismiss his civil claim of malicious prosecution against the Police Commissioner, Attorney General and the Kingdom of Tonga in 2021.
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Wednesday 18 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A former police officer, Joshua Halafihi 'Anitema (31) was sentenced to seven-years imprisonment for raping a teenager, while she was in custody.
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Monday 16 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The first session of Tonga's Court of Appeal for this year started today, 16 May and includes ‘Etuate Lavulavu's appeal against his conviction and sentence. He is currently serving six-years in prison with his wife 'Akosita, whose appeal is expected to be heard in the next session.
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Monday 16 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ma’ake Pasina (36) was sentenced to two and a half-years imprisonment for causing serious bodily harm when he stabbed a complainant twice during brawl, in Ngele’ia in 2021. The Lord Chief Justice also rescinded a previous six-months' suspended sentence and added it to this one, meaning the offender will serve a total of three-years imprisonment.
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Friday 13 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The election of Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Poasi Tei, as Tongatapu No. 6 People’s Representative to the Legislative Assembly has been declared void by the Supreme Court, after he was found to have committed three acts of bribery, in the lead up to the November 2021 General Election. He is the fourth Member of Parliament and third Cabinet Minister whose election has been voided.
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Thursday 12 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 38-year-old man was sentenced to three-years imprisonment for two counts of serious indecent assault of a child under the age of 12 years.
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Wednesday 11 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 69-year-old man was sentenced to five-years imprisonment for attempted rape of a 20-year-old woman on Tongatapu in 2021.
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Wednesday 11 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Prolific thief Sione Katoa who is currently serving a prison sentence was sentenced to 11-months imprisonment for common assault, serious housebreaks and theft of high value electronic goods.
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Wednesday 11 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men, aged in their 20s, were spared death penalties and, instead, sentenced to life imprisonment for murder, after bludgeoning to death the victim, Fanaafi Misifane (35), at Holonga in 2019. A third man was sentenced to eight-years for manslaughter. The death was a tragedy, said the judge. “Mr Misifane was killed on the ground where he lay. Sudden and savage he had no chance at all.”
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Tuesday 10 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tevita Tupou was sentenced to three-years and ten-months imprisonment for possession of illicit drugs, in two offences committed last year on Tongatapu.
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