Murder

Two Tongan gang members get life imprisonment for murder in US

Tēvita Kaihea was sentenced to 112 years to life in prison on Friday after being found guilty by a jury of first-degree murder, attempted murder, two counts of robbery, vehicle theft and a felon in possession of a firearm, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office said in a press release.

His accomplice Charlie Hola was previously sentenced to 48 years and 8 months to life in prison on June 22 on related charges, a press release reportedly said.

Young woman attacked and killed in Tonga in wake of Gita

Matangi Tonga reports an 18-year-old man has been charged with the murder of an 18-year-old woman.

It's alleged he assaulted her with a machete on a road in Nuku'alofa the day after Cyclone Gita hit the capital.

The website reports police said the accused and deceased were in a relationship and had one child together.

The accused was allegedly intoxicated when he saw the victim walking with other people after swimming at a public pool on Vuna Road at Ma'ufanga.

A police spokesperson said the woman died on the spot.

Facebook selfie showing murder weapon helps convict killer

Cheyenne Rose Antoine, 21, pleaded guilty on Monday to killing Brittney Gargol, 18, in Canada two years ago.

Ms Gargol was found strangled to death near a landfill in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with Antoine's belt near her body.

Antoine was sentenced to seven years for manslaughter.

She was identified as a suspect after she posted a selfie on Facebook of the two of them, showing her wearing the belt hours before Ms Gargol died.

Rihanna and Kim Kardashian back jailed teen

Cyntoia Brown was sentenced to life in prison in 2004 for shooting dead Johnny Allen, a 43-year-old Nashville estate agent who picked her up for sex.

The teenager who went home with Mr Allen that night had been repeatedly raped and beaten. She was on the streets by order of her boyfriend, described as a violent, drug-addled pimp named "Kutthroat", who she said verbally abused her and made her strip at gunpoint. He had demanded that she make him some money.

Oscar Pistorius: Prosecutors appeal for longer sentence

They told the Supreme Court of Appeal the six-year sentence was "shockingly light" and he should get 15 years.

Defence lawyers say the sentence handed down by a lower court is appropriate.

Pistorius claimed he shot dead Ms Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013 after mistaking her for a burglar at his home in the capital Pretoria.

The lower court justified deviating from the prescribed 15-year sentence by saying mitigating circumstances such as rehabilitation and remorse outweighed aggravating factors such as his failure to fire a warning shot.

Ex-Davao Death Squad leader: Duterte ordered bombings

In a news briefing Monday morning, retired policeman Arturo Lascanas backed up 2016 allegations made by former hitman Edgar Matobato, including claims of a 300-member execution squad run out of the southern city of Davao.

"I was one of those who started it," he said. "We implemented the personal instructions of (then-Mayor) Duterte to us. All of the killings we did in Davao city, whether we buried or threw them out to sea."

Suspect in former Miss PNG’s death will be charged

NCD metropolitan police commander, Ben Turi, told Loop PNG last night that the charges will be laid against the suspect following an autopsy on Laufa’s body, which is set to take place today.

The suspect, from East New Britain Province, is currently in custody, being questioned by Criminal Investigation Division (CID) officers.

Turi says the suspect was picked up after the incident Saturday that led to Laufa’s death.

Ruby-Anne Shantelle Kila Laufa, born on February 13, 1992, in Port Moresby, was the Miss South Pacific PNG 2012-2013.

Moscow unlicensed cabbie 'gave victims spiked oranges'

The driver, 51, is accused of knocking his passengers out with a sleeping drug, then driving to a cemetery where he would rob and abandon them.

Two victims subsequently died, Russia's interior ministry said.

Gold jewellery, mink fur coats, laptops, mobile phones and bank cards were recovered from the suspect's flat.

Police video shows the suspect being arrested and interrogated on a snowy road by armed police.

Fugitive who fled Tonga detained in American Samoa

Dean Jay Fletcher, 54, had been accused of the murder of his wife, who was found beaten to death while the couple were anchored in the northern islands of Vava'u late in July.

He was due to appear in court next week, but in the early hours of last Thursday, Mr Fletcher somehow managed to escape from a police cell in Neiafu and flee on his yacht, the Sea Oak.

'Shield' actor Michael Jace convicted of wife's murder

A jury of six women and six men deliberated about two hours before finding Jace, 53, guilty of second-degree murder in the May 19, 2014, death of April Jace, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Jurors also found true the special allegation that Jace used a firearm.

Jace faces up to 40 years to life in prison at his sentencing, scheduled for June 10.