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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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Monday 10 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Chief Justice has ordered that the defunct Tonga Weekly Newspaper Ltd. be restored to the Register of Companies, in the latest twist of a defamation suit brought against the government-owned newspaper by Mele 'Amanaki in 2014.
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Friday 7 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Halavavae Sosaia Tameifuna was convicted at the Supreme Court for dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm to a 36-year-man on Vaha'akolo Road, by intentionally swerving his car to hit the victim, who did not see the car coming. The judge found it was premeditated causing of serious injury.
Friday 7 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Iasinito Mataele Toke (38) pleaded guilty at the Supreme Court to serious fraudulent conversion of $39,596 pa'anga from his employer Pacific Energy Ltd. He will be sentenced on September 11.
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Thursday 6 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The case against Siosaia Tu Maile the 19-year-old who is charged with the murder of Tonga's Salvation Army leader Ned Cook (67), was adjourned to September.
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Wednesday 5 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The case against Viliami Malolo Talivakaola (44) who is charged with the importation of prohibited firearms and ammunition, allegedly smuggled through in a shipment from the United States, was heard this week at the Supreme Court.
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Friday 31 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Lord Chief Justice quashed a Senior Magistrate’s decision and reinstated the guilty plea of man accused of theft. He returned the case for sentencing at the lower court in Nuku’alofa. The appeal included grounds that the Magistrate erred in law.
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Thursday 30 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Afuafu 'Uhatafe (52) was jailed for three-years for obtaining $32,825 pa’anga by false pretence from 104 people, she had falsely recruited in a work scam to Australia.
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