Tongan love triangle ends with jealous dad in jail in Australia

    A Tongan father received jail time early this month for his role in a love triangle that turned violent in 2017.

    Tevita Tangataolakepa, a 55-year-old father of five, was handed a 13-month sentence, with 11 months suspended, in the District Court in Carnarvon.

    Tevita was jealous of his teenage son’s relationship with an older woman he also had a crush on.

    “He pleaded guilty to charges of endangering life and criminal damage, after he chased the couple’s car at speeds of up to 180km/h,” the West Australian news website has reported.

    It said Tevita chased the couple’s vehicle while his son Feleti Newman was driving without a driving license, one report said.

    The woman, Nola Lapale, according to the reports, called Police twice during the chase.

    The chase ended after Tevita crashed his vehicle into the couple’s Ford Territory.

    No one was injured.

    Tevita had a previous criminal record.  

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