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Thursday 24 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A tearful eyewitness recalled how a nightclub bouncer struck a victim repeatedly with a baseball bat on the head, in evidence presented at a murder trial being heard this week in the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court.
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Thursday 24 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Atonio Moeaki (40) has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Dr Sione Feo Lau‘i (23) on February 9, 2018 in a murder trial that started on Monday, January 21 in the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court before Hon Mr Justice Cato and a jury.
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Thursday 24 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sitiveni ‘Esi Muli (17) who is currently serving life imprisonment for the murders of Mr Feng Sheng Pei and Mrs Su Jie Wen was sentenced on January 23 for serious arson.
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Thursday 17 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sitiveni ‘Esi Muli (17) was today sentenced to life imprisonment for the brutal killing of Mr Feng Sheng Pei and Mrs Su Jie Wen. A unanimous verdict by a jury, found him guilty of two counts of murder and one of armed robbery.
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Wednesday 16 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The final submissions by legal counsel in the trial of Sitiveni ‘Esi Muli (17) charged with the murders of a couple, Mr Feng Sheng Pei and Mrs Su Jie Wen was completed today, January 16 at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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Tuesday 15 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Evidence presented by Crown and defence witnesses was completed today in the trial of Sitiveni ‘Esi Muli (17) charged with the murders of a couple, Mr Feng Sheng Pei and Mrs Su Jie Wen at Matafonua last year.
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Monday 14 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sitiveni ‘Esi Muli (17) charged with the stabbing murders of Mr Feng Sheng Pei and Mrs Su Jie Wen, denied that he had the intention to commit the murders, when cross-examined by the Crown Prosecutor, at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa today.
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Friday 11 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Severe lacerations were examined on the heads of murder victims Mr Feng Sheng Pei and Mrs Su Jie Wen, when their bodies were brought into Vaiola Hospital, on February 25, 2018, according to medical evidence presented at the murder trial of Sitiveni ‘Esi Muli (17) today in the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court.
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Thursday 10 January 2019
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The trial against Sitiveni ‘Esi Muli (17) charged with the murders of a Chinese couple, Mr Feng Sheng Pei and Mrs Su Jie Wen, who were found with multiple stab wounds at a vegetable plantation in February last year, continued today with the evidence of an eyewitness.
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Wednesday 9 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Crown in opening its case today in the murder trial of a Chinese couple, Mr Feng Sheng Pei and Mrs Su Jie Wen, who were found with multiple stab wounds at a vegetable plantation last year, submitted that the accused Sitiveni ‘Esi Muli (17) had intended to commit the murders.
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Wednesday 9 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sitiveni ‘Esi Muli (17) today changed his plea to guilty in regards to two alternative counts of manslaughter in relation to the death of a Chinese couple, Mr Feng Sheng Pei and Mrs Su Jie Wen, who were found with multiple stab wounds at a vegetable plantation on February 25, last year. But the Crown Prosecutor was not satisfied and is continuing with the murder charges.
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Monday 7 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sitiveni ‘Esi Muli (17) today pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including murder in relation to the death of a Chinese couple, Mr Feng Sheng Pei and Mrs Su Jie Wen who were found dead with multiple stab wounds at a bush allotment last year. A co-accused Sami Kaho Jr. (15) will now become a witness for the Crown, after charges against him were dismissed.
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Thursday 27 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Christopher Ta'ufo'ou (30) was sentenced to two-years and three-months imprisonment after being convicted of possessing 635.54 grams of cannabis, seized at a home in Malapo on March 17, 2017.
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Sunday 23 December 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 26-year-old man received a fully suspended sentence after being convicted of drugs, firearm and ammunition charges by the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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Thursday 20 December 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 42-year-old man, who was sentenced to nine-months imprisonment by the Magistrate’s Court in October for stealing a generator, had his sentence quashed after his appeal to the Supreme Court was allowed.
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Wednesday 19 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 29-year-old man was sentenced last Friday 14 December to 2-years and 3-months imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to cultivating cannabis at a tax allotment in Malapo last year. The repeat drug offender was also found guilty of possessing over one kilogram of cannabis.
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Friday 14 December 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An appeal by Tonga's Attorney General is challenging the decision by a Supreme Court judge to discharge a man who possessed meth.
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Thursday 13 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 20-year-old man was sentenced to 11-years imprisonment after he broke into a house, abducted a girl at night and committed serious indecent assault on the child, in June this year at Navutoka. Lord Chief Justice Paulsen said the offending was truly abhorrent.
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Wednesday 12 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 35-year-old woman who was convicted of serious fraudulent conversion by a government servant in Vava’u was sentenced to three-years and three-months imprisonment on December 10, at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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Wednesday 12 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Viliami Mangisi (59) who is charged in the seizure of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of around $2 million pa’anga in May earlier this year, had his case adjourned to January 2019 after appearing at the Fasi Magistrate's Court earlier this week.
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