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From the Supreme Court

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 22/06/2020

A 34-year-old man from Popua – Sione Lolohea was sentenced in the Supreme Court last Friday to 7 years and 6 months’ imprisonment for offences of serious housebreaking, and to serve 5 years 3 months for theft offence after he was pleaded guilty on April 20 this year.

Sione was arrested for serious housebreaking in a property at Ha’ateiho as he trespasser and committed theft as he stole 11 fuatanga toka 10 worth 5,500 pa’anga 2 lokeha worth 1,600 pa’anga 39 Kie-Tonga worth 7,800 pa’anga 2 ta’ovala worth 1,800 pa’anga, 2 fala fihu worth 2,000 pa’anga and 1 falavala worth 700 pa’anga and altogether worth 19,400 pa’anga from a property at Ha’ateiho in May last year.

Most of the properties was Sione Stolen have not been recovered and no compensation has made or paid by the accused to the complainant.

Justice Laki Niu says that the accused have committed 37 offences at the past few years and some of them have been housebreaking and thefts as it appeared in his previous convictions record.

Laki Niu says the Court’s duty is to protect the property of the people and they are concern because the accused have caused so much misery and sorrow to so many people over so many years.

However, Justice Laki Niu ruled both sentences to be served concurrently and to commence at the end of his current imprisonment sentence.

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