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Tonga Teens Held After School Clash, Police Say


Tongan police have taken 147 high school boys into custody after an attack on a rival school.

Two boys were in hospital with head injuries following the incident, according to the Matangi Tonga website.

The teens, from Tonga College, were injured when rival Tupou College students attacked their home, the report said.

via Tonga Teens Held After School Clash, Police Say | Stuff.co.nz.

Masked men assaulted woman shopkeeper and stole cash


Three men who held up a retail store and assaulted a woman shopkeeper at Havelu on Saturday night, July 13 are being sought by Tonga Police.

The three men wearing masks entered the store and one used a chair to assault the woman on the head while the other two men took around $200 to $300 cash from the cashier. There were two Chinese women and one Tongan employee at the store when the robbery took place.

via Masked men assaulted woman shopkeeper and stole cash | Matangi Tonga.

Kali Fungavaka manslaughter trial date awaits appeal ruling


Tonga’s Supreme Court will rule on July 5, on the Crown’s appeal against the dropping of manslaughter charges against three policemen who were charged in relation to the death of New Zealand policeman Kali Fungavaka.

After hearing oral submissions on two appeals that were completed today, June 25, Mr Justice Charles Cato reserved his ruling for 9:30am on July 5.

via Kali Fungavaka manslaughter trial date awaits appeal ruling | Matangi Tonga.

Preliminary Inquiry into ‘Inoke Pepa death continues


The Preliminary Inquiry into the death of ‘Inoke Pepa (20), alleged to have been caused by two police officers, is expected to continue on September 24, when post-mortem evidence will be presented.

Crown Prosecutor Sione Sisifa said the doctor was currently on leave and would be available to give her evidence at the Nuku’alofa Magistrate’s Court in September.

The two accused policemen, Samisoni Taufa and Sosefo Masalu, are charged with manslaughter, with an alternative charge of grievous bodily harm.

via Preliminary Inquiry into ‘Inoke Pepa death continues | Matangi Tonga.

Police release names in Vava‘u murder case


Police have released the names of the accused and victim in a murder case in Neiafu, Vava‘u where the victim was axed to death on June 18.

Superintendent Inspector Netane Falakiseni identified the accused as 27-year-old Sione Moa of Neiafu.

The victim was 17-year-old Siale Tafa Vea’ila of ‘Otea.

via Police release names in Vava‘u murder case – New Zealand Kaniva Pacific News | New Zealand Kaniva Pacific News.

Tonga man in custody after Vava’u killing


Tonga police have taken a man into custody after another man was killed in Neiafu in Vava’u early this morning.

The suspect, a 27-year-old, had allegedly threatened his sister with an axe.

The police say a cousin who came to the woman’s aid tried to wrest the axe from the man but he fell and was allegedly fatally struck by the suspect.

via Tonga man in custody after Vava’u killing.

Fisheries officers investigated for corruption involving sea cucumber


Four fisheries officers in Tonga are being investigated for alleged corruption involving sea cucumber.

According to Radio & TV Tonga News, the sea cucumber was confiscated by Police and later sold by the Ministry of Fisheries.

The Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Food, Sangster Saulala said investigation will also look at claims that money generated from purchasing of illegal sea cucumber, confiscated by Police, is far too small when compared with the normal price.

via Fisheries officers investigated for corruption involving sea cucumber – Tonga – News – Islands Business magazine.

Old man dies in Vaiola hospital after assault by “close relative”


Police have confirmed a charge has been made against a 28 old man in relation to a killing at the village of Ha’avakatolo early Saturday 25.

A 79 year old man died in hospital from head injuries.

via Old man dies in Vaiola hospital after assault by “close relative” – New Zealand Kaniva Pacific News | New Zealand Kaniva Pacific News.

Police charge man and seize rifle after Fo’ui shooting


A 33-year-old man from Kolovai was hunted by a Police Tactical Response Group and arrested after he allegedly shot a man with a rifle at a home in Fo’ui on May 23. The victim is reported to be in a stable condition at Vaiola Hospital with injuries on his upper left arm.

The Kolovai man has been charged with causing bodily harm.

via Police charge man and seize rifle after Fo’ui shooting | Matangi Tonga.

Appeal hearing in Kali Fungavaka homicide case set for June 24


Two policemen and another man who are accused of the manslaughter of a New Zealand police officer Kali Fungavaka, who died from injuries received in police custody in 2012, made their first appearance at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa before Mr Justice Charles Cato this morning.

via Appeal hearing in Kali Fungavaka homicide case set for June 24 | Matangi Tonga.