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Results for From the Courts

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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Monday 3 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kapuana ‘Unga was sentenced to three-years imprisonment for causing serious bodily harm to a victim using a machete, at Ha’alaufuli, Vava’u in 2020. The judge said, “What you and the people who were with you were doing was most irresponsible and reckless that you did not stop to think of the consequences."
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Friday 30 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Toutai Mafile’o was sentenced to two-years imprisonment, which was fully suspended for dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm to his passenger in 2020 at Mu'a. He was intoxicated.
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Friday 30 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Salesi Fa’aoa (a.k.a. Mahelofa Tuputau) was sentenced to nine-months imprisonment for possession of 0.3 grams of methamphetamine and 22 rounds of .22 calibre ammunition, seized by Tonga Police after receiving information that he was selling illicit drugs from his car.
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Thursday 29 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 46-year-old man was found guilty at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on two counts of serious indecent assaulting a teenager in 2020.
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Wednesday 28 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 62-year-old repeat sexual offender was sentenced to eight-years and nine-months imprisonment for rape and other counts of carnal knowledge of a young person. He is a dangerous offender, revealed a pre-sentence sentence at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court.
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Wednesday 28 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tangata 'o Pangai (a.k.a. Pinomi Lavemai) was sentenced to 14-months imprisonment for possession of 1.63 grams of methamphetamine. The Chief Justice said, the nature and surrounding circumstances of this offending pointed to a case of possession for the purpose of supply.
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Tuesday 27 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Viliami Paletu’a (41) was sentenced to two-years and two-months imprisonment for possession of 3.16 grams of methamphetamine, at 'Umusi in 2020. He admitted to being a substance abuser. The court noted that at the time of the offending, the statutory maximum penalty for possession of methamphetamine was a fine of $1 million or 30-years' imprisonment or both.
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Monday 26 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Repeat offender, Creed (Kuliti) Tongamoa has been sentenced to 15-months imprisonment for possession of 0.17 grams of methamphetamine and possession of an unlicensed high powered assault rifle and ammunition.
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Saturday 24 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Matini Poafa (18) received a suspended prison sentence for causing serious bodily harm to another student whom he punched, fracturing his lower jaw, while he was asleep in a bus last year.
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Thursday 22 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Uinise Toke (36) was sentenced to two-years imprisonment for grievous bodily harm, when she repeatedly struck her 33-year-old partner with a machete, on his head and hands. The sentence was fully suspended on condition.
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Thursday 22 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Alovili Kolo (47) was sentenced to five-years 10-months imprisonment for raping a woman in Tongatapu in 2018.
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Wednesday 14 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Simione Ikahihifo (55) was sentenced to seven-years and six-months imprisonment for dangerous driving causing the death of 'Aisea Kaifa (66) on Hihifo Road at Sia'atoutai in August 2020. The judge said that In 2015 Tonga increased its maximum sentence to 15 years imprisonment for drunk driving causing death, as a deterrent, so that lives might be saved.
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Wednesday 14 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Amusia Mateni (42) was sentenced today to 3 years and six months imprisonment for possession of 8.08 grams of methamphetamine and interfering with evidence that was seized during an altercation with a police officer on a road in Ngele'ia. The judge noted that in the accused’s current state of involvement with methamphetamines with its resultant delusional dishonesty ...“his wife and children may be better off without him.”
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Tuesday 13 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The trial against a current Cabinet Minister and People’s Representative to Parliament, ‘Akosita Lavulavu and her husband, ‘Etuate Lavulavu, also a former Cabinet Minister, started on April 12 at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court. The couple have pleaded not guilty to three joint counts of obtaining a total of over $500,000 pa'anga by false pretences.
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Monday 12 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kaati Luka (22) who beat up his 40-year-old partner leaving her with facial injuries that resulted in her admission to the surgical ward at Vaiola Hospital, was sentenced to one-year eight-months imprisonment.
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