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Friday 26 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Police Tactical Response Group fired a pistol at the tyres of a meth offender in car chase, the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court was told by witnesses. Pangi Puloka (47) was found guilty of possessing 4.34 grams and 2.17 grams of methamphetamine, at Mata-ki-'Eua in 2020, after he tried to run down police officers, who were standing on a road to stop him.
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Friday 26 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Suliana Fate (21), who was convicted of knocking-out a man with a stick while drunk, before stealing his vehicle in Ma'ufanga, received a suspended jail sentence, together with two other co-accused.
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Thursday 25 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Soane was found guilty of three counts of uttering counterfeit currency at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court. He will be sentenced on April 1. The $50 and $100 were obviously fake “the notes represented a patently amateurish attempt,” said the judge.
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Wednesday 24 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Siueli Angilau (41) was sentenced to 12-months imprisonment for possession of 0.07 grams of methamphetamine and 9.26 grams of cannabis.
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Tuesday 23 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A claim by Royco Shipping Services Ltd. for $26,616 damages against Matson South Pacific Ltd., over a stevedoring agreement dispute was dismissed by Tonga's Lord Chief Justice, who ruled that during the term of agreement, it did not give Royco exclusive right to provide stevedoring services for all of Matson's vessels at the Port of Nuku'alofa.
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Monday 22 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Talia'uli Fatongiatau (35) was sentenced today to nine-months imprisonment for offering $235 bribe to a Tonga Police officer and possession of 0.89g of methamphatamine. He is currently serving time in Hu'atolitoli Prison.
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Friday 19 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Taufa Latuselu was sentenced to nine-months imprisonment, which was fully suspended for unlawful possession of illicit drugs by the Lord Chief Justice who said, had he been charged with supplying or if this offending occurred after the current amendments to the Illicit Drugs Control Act, full suspension would not have been available.
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Thursday 18 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Latu Selu was acquitted of charges, including possession of methamphatamine due to an unlawful search by Tonga Police, ruled a Supreme Court judge who found there was a deliberate disregard of the law.
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Wednesday 17 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The trial of former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice Sione Vuna Fa’otusia will be held in July on charges, which related to a dispute over a stolen cow in 2019.
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Thursday 11 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four men were found guilty at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on numerous charges of possessing methamphetamine and cannabis at a home in Hofoa, where drug dealing was conducted. They will be sentenced on a later date.
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Wednesday 10 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The forgery trial against a current Cabinet Minister and People’s Representative to Parliament ‘Akosita Lavulavu, and her husband, a former Cabinet Minister, ‘Etuate is now expected to start in April.
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Wednesday 10 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Vasi (35) was sentenced to one year six-months imprisonment, which was fully suspended for possessing 2.8 grams of methamphatamine in 'Utulau.
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Tuesday 9 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Heamani Saafi (66) was sentenced to two-years and six-months imprisonment for cultivation of three cannabis plants at his home in Ha'asini. The illicit drug weighed 59.18 grams. Justice Langi suspended the sentence in full on February 4, at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court.
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Friday 5 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mr Nicholas Cooper of the United Kingdom has been appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Tonga. He replaces former Justice Cato who retired last year.
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Friday 5 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Foketi Tonga Fate was acquitted of possessing 41.51 grams of cannabis by the Lord Chief Justice, who said the Crown failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt in the evidence of the charge against the accused.
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Thursday 4 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tevita Talia’uli Fatongiatau (34), who is currently serving time in prison, was sentenced to another one-year nine-months imprisonment sentence for possession of methamphetamine, by the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court.
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Wednesday 3 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ue’ikaetau Tapa’atoutai was sentenced to six-months imprisonment for possession of 0.08 grams of methamphetamine and 0.43 grams of cannabis. This was fully suspended on conditions.
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Tuesday 2 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lolina ‘Ofa (24) was sentenced to 15-months imprisonment for numerous counts of forgery and theft of $18,189 pa’anga from a family business. The sentence was fully suspended, at the Nuku'alofa Surpeme Court. "I believe the defendant had mistakenly believed that this idea of taking whatever you want from your fa'etangata would be applicable in her case, but unfortunately the complainant did not share her logic," said the judge.
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Monday 1 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 22-year-old man was sentenced to 15-months imprisonment for serious indecent assault on a teenager which was fully suspended, at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court.
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Friday 29 January 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siosifa Fotu (37) is serving an imprisonment sentence of two-years and three-months for possession of 25.5 grams of methamphetamine seized, at Fou’i last year.
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