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Monday 24 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A stepfather was found guilty by a Supreme Court judge, on numerous counts that included serious indecent assault of his two young step-daughters and raping one of them, while the mother was found guilty of helping him commit several of these serious sexual offences, which took place last year in Tongatapu. Name suppression was ordered by the judge to protect the identity of the victims.
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Thursday 13 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siaosi Helu (33) who was found guilty of possessing 39.65 grams of cannabis was sentenced to one-year and six-months imprisonment. Lord Chief Justice Paulsen said society was calling for and expected a strong response from the courts.
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Thursday 13 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vainikolo Selu, a serving prisoner, was sentenced to an additonal two-years 10-months imprisonment, after being convicted of possessing methamphetamine and cannabis, which he smuggled into Hu'atolitoli Prison in November last year.
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Wednesday 12 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tongan-born man, who lost his Fanga property when he became a US citizen, has failed to win an appeal to overturn a Land Court decision.
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Friday 7 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Selemana Fonua who was sentenced to two-years imprisonment, after being convicted of theft and falsification of accounts, was taken straight to Hu'atolitoli Prison today, after loosing her appeal.
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Thursday 6 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The second session of Tonga’s Court of Appeal for 2018 heard four appeals, with judgments to be delivered on Friday, September 7.
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Wednesday 5 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Prosecutions for illicit drugs in Tonga may be in jeopardy, a judge has warned, after discharging a man charged with possession of methamphetamine, due to the prosecution's failure to admit analyst evidence, at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa on August 29. Hon. Mr Justice Cato said new legislation is urgently required in Tonga regarding analyst evidence of drug identity or there will be serious consequences for law enforcement and the health of Tongans.
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Monday 3 September 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Pouono ‘Aisake (28) appeared at the Fasi Magistrate’s Court on Monday, September 3 on charges related to injuring a Senior Police Constable with a machete last month.
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Wednesday 29 August 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The trial of two teenage boys charged with murder in relation to the death of a Chinese couple, Mr Feng Sheng Pei and Mrs Su Jie Wen is set to run from January 7-18, 2019.
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Tuesday 28 August 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Five men released on bail include a police officer who has been suspended in relation to a drug bust at Ngele'ia.
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Monday 27 August 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The two Tongan men arrested and charged in relation to the seizure of 58 kilograms of cocaine worth around $30 million pa’anga in street value in Ha’apai have been released on bail in Nuku’alofa.
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Friday 24 August 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mafoa'aeata Latu (26) was sentenced to three-years and three-months imprisonment after being convicted for reckless driving that caused the death of his passenger ‘Aisake Lavelua on Hihifo Road at Fo'ui, in March this year.
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Thursday 23 August 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tu’ungafasi Polelei Falakiseni was demoted from his rank as Superintendent of Police as penalty for breach of discipline when American, Dean Jay Fletcher charged with murdering his wife escaped custody and fled on his yacht from Vava'u in September 29, 2016. The escape caused huge embarrassment for Tonga and the deceased's family is still deprived of justice, a Police Board of enquiry stated.
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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongasat unlawfully received over USD$46 million of public money gained from the government's relinquishing of Tonga's 130 degrees East satellite slot to China, a Supreme Court action has determined, in decision over a public law claim that covers negotiations and dealings going back to 2006.
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Saturday 11 August 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A search warrant carried out by police was found inadmissible and excluded from evidence to be called in an illicit drug trial at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa, because the search was carried out in an unlawful manner.
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Friday 10 August 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
John Thorn Ngaue (29) was sentenced to three-years and six-months imprisonment for possession of methamphetamine and cannabis, seized at a home in Kolomotu'a in 2017.
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Thursday 9 August 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan noble and former Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano had his case adjourned yet again to August 14.
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Tuesday 7 August 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two teenage boys charged with murder in relation to the death of a Chinese couple, Mr Feng Sheng Pei and Mrs Su Jie Wen, in February pleaded not guilty on August 7, during arraignment at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court.
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Tuesday 7 August 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Epuefi Laimani (34) appeared at the Fasi Magistrate’s Court on Monday, August 6 charged with possession of the illicit drug methamphetamine valued at around $10,000 pa’anga in street value.
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Thursday 2 August 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Taufa Fevaleaki whose name was blacklisted from flying out of Tonga was found guilty of making a false statement, when applying for a Tongan passport on a second name in 2014.
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