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Thursday 7 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Deep incisions on parts of the head and neck were among multiple injuries examined on the victim ‘Ailine Finau, according to a pathologist report presented at the trial of Siosateki Uikelotu Tu’itufu (19) who is charged with her murder. A doctor gave evidence of 32 strikes found on her body.
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Monday 4 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siosateki Uikelotu Tu’itufu (19) has pleaded not guilty to the murder of ‘Ailine Finau (18) whom he is accused to have assaulted repeatedly with a machete on February 13, 2018. The murder trial started at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa today.
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Monday 4 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Former Minister of Internal Affairs ‘Akosita Lavulavu, and her husband, a former Cabinet Minister, ‘Etuate Lavulavu today pleaded not guilty to fraud charges at the Supreme Court.
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Thursday 31 January 2019
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three brothers who were accused of serious bodily harm when they allegedly attacked another man during a fight at Hofoa in 2017 were found not guilty, at the Supreme Court on January 30.
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Wednesday 30 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Fakalelei Valuvalu Manu received one-year six-months suspended prison sentence for serious arson, when fuelled by alcohol and anger he set fire to a house, which he occupied with his family in June 2018.
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Wednesday 30 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hateni Kaufusi (32) was sentenced to five-years nine-months imprisonment for manslaughter, when he stabbed Tolifili Tu'alau with a pair of scissors during a fight at Te’ekiu in February last year.
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Tuesday 29 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In an unanimous verdict this afternoon, a jury found ‘Atonio Moeaki (40) guilty of murdering Dr Sione Feo Lau’i (23). He was sentenced to life imprisonment by a Supreme Court judge.
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Tuesday 29 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The final submissions by legal counsel in the trial of ‘Atonio Moeaki (40) charged with the murder of a young dentist, Dr Sione Feo Lau’i (23,) was completed on January 28 at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa.
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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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