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Tuesday 25 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Faka’osi Katoa (43) was sentenced to 15-months imprisonment for possession of methamphatamine and cannabis, seized in two separate incidents in 2019-20.
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Monday 24 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Viliami Na’a was sentenced to serve one-month imprisonment for possession of 0.99 grams of cannabis. He is currently serving six-years nine-months imprisonment for grievous bodily harm.
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Monday 24 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Repeat drug offender, Pangi Puloka (47) was sentenced to three-years one-month imprisonment for possession of illicit drugs, including 6.71 grams methamphetamine, at two separate incidents in 2019-20.
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Friday 21 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Maka Latu (35) was sentenced today to eight-years imprisonment for 16 offences, including possession of 50.22 grams of methamphetamine. In one incident he had resisted arrest and Police shot the tyres of his vehicle. "In my view, those who import, manufacture, distribute or supply illicit drugs are currently one of the greatest threats to the physical, mental and spiritual health of the people of Tonga and its social fabric and cohesion." said the Chief Justice.
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Friday 21 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vunga Fusikata (34) was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm when he punched Pita Fuoleva (45) causing permanent blindness in his left eye. "Such an act is often described colloquially as a coward's punch,” said the judge. The accused will be sentenced on June 4.
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Wednesday 19 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Inoke Tonga (27) is the man charged with the murder of Polikalepo Kefu (41). He appeared today, May 19 at the Magistrate’s Court in Mu’a.
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Wednesday 19 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Governor of Ha'apai, Viliami Manuopangai Hingano (46) was today fined $12,500 pa’anga for unlawful possession of 198kg of turtle meat seized at Queen Salote Wharf in 2020. A Supreme Court judge said the accused tried to hide the fact that he was a party to the proposed commercial sale of the uncertified meat of the endangered species. He denounced his offending: “You appear to think that you did not do anything wrong, that you were quite innocent. I want to assure you, that what you did wrong was that you failed to ask ...you ought to have refused to have possession of the turtle meat!"
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Monday 17 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Governor of Ha‘apai, Viliami Manuopangai Hingano (46) will be sentenced on Wednesday, May 19, for unlawful possession of 198kg of turtle meat.
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Friday 14 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Tupou received a fully suspended sentence for possession of 0.041gm of methamphetamine. While, ringleader and co-offender was jailed this week for possession of a substantial amount of drugs, seized in their vehicle.
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Friday 14 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Wesley Fifita (28) was found guilty with possession of 0.04gm of methamphetamine and 0.66gm of cannabis seized at a home, where drugs were said to have been sold at Pili.
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Thursday 13 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hon. Mr Justice Cooper has rejected an application that he recuse himself from presiding over the Lavulavu trial. The application was made by 'Etuatu Lavulavu on 10 May. The judge concluded that evidence during the trial suggested that Lavulavu's complaints that he undermined its fairness, were without any foundation. The trial against the Lavulavu couple continues in the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court.
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Thursday 13 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kelikupa Maile (34) was sentenced today to 30-months imprisonment for possession of a substantial amount of methamphetamines and some cannabis, seized in a vehicle by Tonga Police.
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Wednesday 12 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The trial against current Cabinet Minister ‘Akosita Lavulavu and her husband 'Etuate Lavulavu is going ahead, after a Supreme Court judge ruled there is a criminal case to answer against both of them on all three counts. They are jointly charged with obtaining over $500,000 pa'anga by false pretences, relating to a number of irregularities in an audit at the ‘Unuaki ‘o Tonga Royal Institute. It is alleged that the couple knowingly falsified student applications in order to claim TVET grants.
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Wednesday 12 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Angilau Palanite received a fully suspended sentence for possession of 0.12 gram of methamphetamine seized at Puke on September 14, 2020. Police received information that he was driving around selling illicit drugs. The defendant admitted his hopelessness of the life he was leading in drugs.
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Tuesday 11 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Alifeleti Uasi (18) was sentenced today to 18-months imprisonment for causing serious bodily harm, when he injured a shopkeeper with rocks at a Chinese shop. He was drunk and was denied getting a can of soda, which he did not have enough money for. The judge said it was clear that the accused had a very real problem with alcohol.
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Tuesday 11 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men found guilty of possession of methamphetamines seized at Ngele'ia at a place that was dealing in drugs. They will be sentenced on June 2.
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Monday 10 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Epuefi Laimani was sentenced to five and a half years imprisonment for possession of 5.15gms of methamphetamine, 3.59gms of cannabis, while offering cash as bribes to a police officer. The court found that he intended to sell the illicit drugs.
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Wednesday 5 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Ana Toe‘umu Latu was sentenced to a suspended sentence of 17-months imprisonment for obtaining about $20,000 by false pretences from three people by selling the same car. “Fraud is a cynical crime; it takes people's hard earned money easily from them and humiliates, causing financial hardship in turn to others who were trusting," said the judge, who also considered that she had pleaded guilty early.
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Wednesday 5 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Woody Kalekale (52) was sentenced to eight-months imprisonment for possession of illicit drugs, which was fully suspended on conditions.
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Tuesday 4 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Paletili Afu (37) was sentenced to four and a half-years imprisonment for unlawful possession of methamphetamine and cannabis, seized at two different locations in Tongatapu. The final 18-months of the head sentence was suspended.
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