5 Feb 2015

Tonga noble fined over gun charges

8:12 pm on 5 February 2015

A Tongan noble, Lord Tu'ilakepa, has been fined 4,862 US dollars on five weapons charges.

Lord Tu'ilakepa, who is the nobles' representative for Vava'u, had been convicted on various counts of illegal firearms and ammunition posssession charges that date back to 2010.

Radio Tonga reports Justice Charles Cato says Lord Tu'ilakepa is a good Tongan man despite his failure to license the guns and bullets.

His lawyer had told the trial that the guns had belonged to Lord Tu'ilakepa's cousin who had died.