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The Supreme Court has sentenced a man to a suspended sentence
after he pleaded guilty to fire arms charges.

Sitiveni Loupua Mahe was sentenced to a year in prison on a charge of carrying arms in public place, one year for discharging a firearm with intention to intimidate and one year for  possession of firearm without a licence.

All sentences were fully suspended for a period of two years.

The court was told the offence were committed in Popua
outside  the Church of Tonga hall where
some dance practice was held.

Mahe  fired a .22 rifle
it on the road just behind or beside Litili Televave’s feet  twice. The gravel thrown up by the first
bullet hit his hands. You then got into your vehicle and drove away.

When questioned by the police Mahe said that he was fired the
shots because he was drunk and happy.

Judge Niu said he accepted that Mahe’s behaviour was out of
the ordinary and attributable to his having drunk alcohol, something that as a
Mormon he was not supposed to do.

The judge said that Mahe had no previous criminal conviction
and had apologised to the victim.

He had offered to resign from his position as head of the
Popua community police force, but  the
community wanted him to stay in the position.

Legal counsel for the prosecution and defence both argued
that Mahe’s sentence be suspended.

Judge Niu said if Mahe committed  another offence within the two years he would
be jailed for the firearm offence as well as the new offence.

His air rifle was confiscated.

The
main points

  • The
    Supreme Court has sentenced a man to a suspended sentence after he pleaded
    guilty to fire arms charges.
  • Sitiveni
    Loupua Mahe was sentenced to a year in prison on a charge of carrying arms in
    public place, one year for discharging a firearm with intention to intimidate
    and one year for  possession of firearm
    without a licence.

Fonte: https://kanivatonga.nz/2019/05/suspended-sentence-for-fire-arms-offence-after-lawyers-for-both-side-argue-for-leniency/

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