6 Jan 2003

Tupou College students to stand trial for allegedly damaging Tonga College equipment

5:04 pm on 6 January 2003

224 students from Tupou College in Tonga have been committed to stand trial in the Supreme court on wilful damage charges.

It follows a preliminary hearing which was delayed on several occasions, including to allow the students to sit their end of year exams.

The group allegedly destroyed around a quarter of a million US dollars worth of equipment at Tonga College in August last year.

The students are said to have broken windows, destroyed computers, musical instruments and a truck during an early morning raid on the rival college.

No date has yet been set for the Supreme Court appearance.