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Thursday 1 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lemoto Lui (45) was sentenced today to four-years imprisonment for two counts of serious indecent assault committed on a young girl in 2020. The judge expressed his concern that in spite of deterrents such offences had not only continued “but they have risen as well.”
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Wednesday 30 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Heneli Manuofetoa (40) was sentenced today to another seven months imprisonment for possession of 0.1 gram of methamphetamine. He is currently serving time at Hu’atolitoli Prison for another drug offence.
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Monday 28 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The convicted Minister of Infrastructure and Tourism ‘Akosita Lavulavu (36) and her husband ’Etuate (62) will be sentenced on Friday, July 2 at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court.
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Monday 28 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kava Mone and Maikolo Mahe remain missing at sea in Foa, Ha'apai after they went fishing in a small aluminium boat on June 23. Searches over the weekend did not find anything.
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Friday 25 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A jury has found Sosaia Tū Maile (20) guilty of manslaughter in the death of Ned Samson Cook (67), the Salvation Army Team Leader, in Nuku'alofa in 2020.
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Friday 25 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Pouono (20) was sentenced to five-years imprisonment for unlawful possession of illicit drugs and grievous bodily harm, when he severed another man's finger with a chopping knife at Lapaha. "Methamphetamine is a scourge to societies everywhere that has affected a great deal of harm and misery. The distribution and use of methamphetamine in Tonga is a significant government and community concern,” said the judge.
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Wednesday 23 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sosaia Fifita was found guilty today of unlawful possession of 2.36 grams of methamphetamine and 3.14 grams of cannabis. He was arrested at Tofoa, after Tonga Police received information that he was driving around his car selling the illicit drugs.
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Tuesday 22 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tailoni Mafi (39) was today jailed for 22-months for serious housebreaking and serious indecent assault committed on a young woman, who was asleep at her home in Tongatapu. In court the offender was described as “a dangerous person”.
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Monday 21 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kalatoni Kaufusi (59) was sentenced to eight-months imprisonment for possession of 0.12 grams of methamphetamine, seized by Tonga Police who received information that he was selling the illicit drug at Fanga.
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Friday 18 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sesilia Uaisele (29) was sentenced to three-months imprisonment for possession of 0.02 grams of methamphetamine, seized in a vehicle at a bus station in Nuku'alofa.
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Wednesday 16 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fale’one Sitiveni Hafoka (23) was sentenced to one-year eight-months imprisonment for causing serious bodily harm to a 20-year-old victim, whom he injured with a coward's punch to the face, breaking his jaw. He underwent surgery to have his teeth removed and his jaws aligned with wire.
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Wednesday 16 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Toakase Kau (31) was sentenced to six-months imprisonment for possession of 0.92 grams of methamphetamine and 0.94 grams of cannabis. The illicit drugs were seized in car where she was a passenger.
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Tuesday 15 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Bruno Latu (27) was sentenced to three-years imprisonment for 0.17 grams of methamphetamine. This is a serious case because he was dealing drugs, while operating a panel beating business as a front, said the Supreme Court judge.
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Monday 14 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Atapani Pangi was found guilty of possessing 183.3 grams of cannabis, while co-accused Manu Huni was convicted of permitting the use of his house at Fo'ui for this offence in 2020.
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Monday 14 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tevita Tukitoa (47) was sentenced to three-years six-months imprisonment for committing indecent assault on a child under the age of 12. “The protection of young children deserves nothing less,” said the Supreme Court judge.
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Friday 11 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Alipate Talau (21) of Malapo was sent to jail for three-years and six months imprisonment for serious causing bodily harm to Latu Kivalu last year. "This is a case where an imprisonment sentence is necessary, not only to punish you for the offence committed but more importantly to protect the society from you," said the judge.
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Friday 11 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 21-year-old man was sentenced at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court to three and a half-years imprisonment for two counts, including indecent assaulting a child under the age of 12 in Tongatapu.
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Friday 11 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Soape Ta’e’iloa Koka (52) was sentenced to two-years nine-months imprisonment for discharging a firearm with the intent to intimidate a woman, who was in her car with her 14-year-old daughter at Vaini. The judge then recommended that the defendant's gun be seized and destroyed, and that he never be allowed to hold a certificate for ammunition or firearms ever again.
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Thursday 10 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tevita Malolo (45) was sentenced to eight-months imprisonment for possessing 62.05 grams of cannabis and utensils seized at his home in Tatakamotonga, in 2020. Under an amendment to the Illicit Drugs Act, now drugs over seven grams must be sentenced as supply.
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Wednesday 9 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sefo Moala (52) was sentenced to eight years imprisonment for nine counts of possession of illicit drugs, including 41.82 grams of cocaine and 139.3 grams of methamphetamine. “The defendant has been a long-term menace to society," said the judge.
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