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Tuesday 8 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The police seized 4.69 grams of methamphetamine and arrested 13 men and two women aged 22 to 46-years -old at Kolofo’ou, Ha’ateiho, Tofoa and Ma’ufanga in Tongatapu between May 24-31.
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Friday 4 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan Cabinet Minister 'Akosita Lavulavu (36) and her husband 'Etuate Lavulavu (62) plundered TVET grant funds for themselves in a systemic fraud that a Nuku'alofa Supreme Court judge today called, “an example of the worst sort of dishonesty.”
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Friday 4 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Cabinet Minister and People’s Representative to Parliament, ‘Akosita Lavulavu and her husband, ‘Etuate Lavulavu, a former Cabinet Minister were both found guilty this morning on criminal charges of obtaining over $500,000 pa'anga by false pretences. They will be sentenced on July 2. It is one of the largest fraud cases in the Tongan courts in recent years.
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Thursday 3 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kautai Moala (38) and Tevita 'Alatini (37) have been jailed for possession of methamphetamine seized in Ngele'ia on September 3, 2019. “A pre-sentence report made really appalling reading that Moala is identified in the community as a supplier of drugs and uses young boys from the community to run drugs for him,” said the Supreme Court judge.
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Thursday 3 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Samisoni Tu’i’onetoa and Sitiveni Pomale Moala have both been jailed for grievous bodily harm on two brothers in an altercation in ‘Utui last year.
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Wednesday 2 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Matangi Fetu’u’aho (35) was sentenced to 22-months imprisonment for possession of 257.86 grams of cannabis. Tonga police found the defendant packing cannabis at a Fo'ui residence last December.
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Wednesday 2 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Limoni Tito Siasau (49) was sentenced to four-years imprisonment for serious indecent assaulting a 33-year-old female worker on a yacht in Vaipua, Vava'u in 2020. "You have caused great harm and damage to the good name, honour and dignity of the complainant as a woman," said the judge.
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Friday 28 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Songo’imoli (40) of Popua was sentenced to 18-months imprisonment for possession of 0.08 grams of methamphetamine. This was fully suspended at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court.
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Friday 28 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siua Palanite Hufanga (49), who is currently in jail for theft, was sentenced to 21-months imprisonment for possession of 2.13 grams of methamphetamine and 8.16 grams of cannabis, seized by Police at a curfew checkpoint at Mu’a.
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Friday 28 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Faleu Tailoni Mafi was found guilty of serious housebreaking and serious indecent assault committed on a woman, who was asleep at her residence in Tokomololo.
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Tuesday 25 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tupou Saulala Haupeakui (27) was sentenced today to a suspended sentence of nine-months imprisonment for possessing 0.46 grams of methamphetamine, seized at Kolomotu'a in 2020. The judge said the producers, suppliers and dealers of the drugs needed “young foolish persons like you to sell the drugs for them”.
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Tuesday 25 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Faka’osi Katoa (43) was sentenced to 15-months imprisonment for possession of methamphatamine and cannabis, seized in two separate incidents in 2019-20.
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Monday 24 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Viliami Na’a was sentenced to serve one-month imprisonment for possession of 0.99 grams of cannabis. He is currently serving six-years nine-months imprisonment for grievous bodily harm.
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Monday 24 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Repeat drug offender, Pangi Puloka (47) was sentenced to three-years one-month imprisonment for possession of illicit drugs, including 6.71 grams methamphetamine, at two separate incidents in 2019-20.
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Friday 21 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Maka Latu (35) was sentenced today to eight-years imprisonment for 16 offences, including possession of 50.22 grams of methamphetamine. In one incident he had resisted arrest and Police shot the tyres of his vehicle. "In my view, those who import, manufacture, distribute or supply illicit drugs are currently one of the greatest threats to the physical, mental and spiritual health of the people of Tonga and its social fabric and cohesion." said the Chief Justice.
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Friday 21 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vunga Fusikata (34) was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm when he punched Pita Fuoleva (45) causing permanent blindness in his left eye. "Such an act is often described colloquially as a coward's punch,” said the judge. The accused will be sentenced on June 4.
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Wednesday 19 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Inoke Tonga (27) is the man charged with the murder of Polikalepo Kefu (41). He appeared today, May 19 at the Magistrate’s Court in Mu’a.
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Wednesday 19 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Governor of Ha'apai, Viliami Manuopangai Hingano (46) was today fined $12,500 pa’anga for unlawful possession of 198kg of turtle meat seized at Queen Salote Wharf in 2020. A Supreme Court judge said the accused tried to hide the fact that he was a party to the proposed commercial sale of the uncertified meat of the endangered species. He denounced his offending: “You appear to think that you did not do anything wrong, that you were quite innocent. I want to assure you, that what you did wrong was that you failed to ask ...you ought to have refused to have possession of the turtle meat!"
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Monday 17 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Governor of Ha‘apai, Viliami Manuopangai Hingano (46) will be sentenced on Wednesday, May 19, for unlawful possession of 198kg of turtle meat.
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Friday 14 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Tupou received a fully suspended sentence for possession of 0.041gm of methamphetamine. While, ringleader and co-offender was jailed this week for possession of a substantial amount of drugs, seized in their vehicle.
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