Suspended sentence for ‘Epeli Taione’s cocaine possession charge

    Kuo toloi malu’i angalelei kotoa e tautea ngāue pōpula ‘a ‘Epeli Taione ki he ma’u mo e faito’o konatapu kōkeini. Na’e tautea ia ki he ngāue pōpula māhina ‘e ono ka kuo toloi kakato ia kae pau ke ne angalelei ‘oua toe fai ha hia maumau lao ‘i ha māhina ‘e 12.

    ‘Epeli Taione who was charged with possession of Class A drugs received a 12-month suspended imprisonment sentence on Friday last week February 26.

    ‘Epeli Taione

    His co-accused Creed Tongamoa received 15-month sentence and it was also fully suspended for two years with conditions.

    Taione, who is Princess Pilolevu’s son-in-law,  was convicted and sentenced to six months’ imprisonment.

    The sentence was fully suspended on the conditions that he must not commit any further offences punishable by imprisonment for a period of 1 year.

    He must be placed on probation during the period of his suspension.

    He must also complete rehabilitation courses on drugs and alcohol as directed by the Probation Office.

    In sentencing Taione, Justice Langi said the Crown submitted an overall sentence of six months’ imprisonment for possession of 0.01 grams of cocaine.

    She said the court has consistently set a starting point of 12 months’ imprisonment for possession of a Class A illicit drug below 1 gram.

    Justice Langi said: “I therefore set a starting point in this case of 12 months’ imprisonment. I deduct 6 months from the starting in light of the fact that up until now he has had a clean record.”

    She said she noted that the probation officer is of the opinion that no rehabilitation courses should be ordered because Taione has denied using it and therefore does not have a drug problem.

    Miss Langi said: “This is inconsistent with the evidence upon which I had convicted the Accused and inconsistent with his text message that he is sniffing at Creeds. It is disappointing that the Accused continues to maintain his innocence and maintains that he has no drug problem as this sort of behaviour is a sure recipe for re-off ending. Because of the infinitesimally small amount of cocaine in this case, I do not believe that an order for community service is appropriate”.

    In sentencing Tongamoa, the judge suspended his sentence in full upon conditions.

    The sentence was fully suspended for two years on the conditions that Tongamoa must  not commit any further offences punishable by imprisonment during the period of his suspension.

    Tongamoa must be put on probation and also must complete rehabilitation courses on drugs and alcohol as directed by the Probation Office

    2 COMMENTS

    1. Koe ola ‘ena ‘ae ikai ke ako’i ihe silapa ae lesoni koe LAO ‘O TONGA..Kuo uesia e hako tupu e fonua..kae tufi $$$$ pe kau fkmaau..pe koe sisitemi pe ia n’e fa’u pe ia ke pehe..tapu ke toe ue’i..?? He ko nautolu pe n’a nau fa’u e lao..kuo senituli e ako..pea oku toe senituli ai pe moe fkmaau ta’etaauu..koia??

      • Poupou atu,

        Koe fakama’au ‘oku fai ‘aki ia ‘ae ngaue moe me’a sivi kihe ‘anga ‘oe fo’i keisi ko ia, pea kuo pau ke kumi mai kihe lahi taha ‘ae ngaahi ( Evidence) pea fai ‘aki ia ‘ae hopo ke fai ki ai ‘se tu’utu’uni’o fakatatau kihe “ Evidence “ ‘oku ma’u.Kuou tui na’e‘Osi fai pē ngāue ‘ae kau mau mafai kihe ‘oko’oko mai ‘ae ngaahi EVIDENCE kihe keisi ko ‘eni,

        ‘Ihe tui ‘a ‘aku ‘oku ta’ema’a ‘ae ngāue ko ‘eni, pea kuo mahino hono pule’i he ma’u mafa’i‘ae Lao pea ‘oku ‘Uli ‘e ngāue mei he taupotu taha “uhinga kihe kau Maumafa’i “ ‘oku ‘uli pea ‘oku ‘ikai ke tau ‘ifo ai he na’e talu pe ‘etau tupu moe ngāue ‘anga maheni ‘aki ‘i Tonga ‘ae fo’i ngāue ‘uli ko ia, ka ‘oku te’eki pe lava ke liliu ia ke mau hā kakai fai totonu he fonua, kuo ‘Osi au a Tonga kihe poto moe ma’ama ‘ange fau, ka he’ikai ke lava he ‘oku kei tangutu pe ai ‘a e kakai ta’efaitotonu, pea ‘oku kei tokolahi pe kakai ‘i Tonga ‘oku nau ta’e tui kihe fulihi ‘a e fa’unga ma’u mafa’i hota’u pule’anga a ia na’e si’i feinga ki ai a Akilisi palemia kuo malolo rip.

        Te tau feao pe moe ngaahi fakama’au ta’e totonu kihe ngata’anga, pea ‘ikai tata’u ‘ae mafa’i moe Lao kihe masiva moe kakai ‘oe fonua, kihe kakai mā’olunga,

        ‘E kei kehe pe hono fakama’au’i ‘’ihe Lao ma’u mafa’i ‘oe mā’olunga pea moe fakama’au’i ‘ihe Lao moe mafa’i‘ ‘ae masiva moe kakai ma’ulalo pea Te tau kehekehe pehe ai pe ‘o au kihe pa ‘a ngagalu.

        Ko ‘afe nai ‘e tatau ai ‘ae mafa’i moe Lao kihe mā’olunga moe ma’ulalo ??

        Malo faka’apa’apa atu.

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