Woman to be charged today
The woman convicted of a false pretence charge will be sentenced today.
Hilda Au was found guilty after a trial for obtaining $670 from a woman named Rose in February this year.
This was at the Good Shepherd Church compound, East Guadalcanal.
She also stole $170 from the Rose on the same day while Rose went out to buy diaper at the shop.
Principal Magistrate Rogers Tovosia found it difficult to believe Mrs Au evidence in court and concluded she is a liar.
He said Mrs Au deliberated pretended to be assaulted by her husband in order to obtain the monies from Rose.
The Public Solicitor’s Office is representing Mrs Au while the Police Prosecution Service represents the Police.
Trial continues in accused’s absence
Trial of two former public servants facing corruption charges continue yesterday despite the absence of one of the accused.
Joses Tahua, former chairman of the Citizenship Commission, and his secretary Daniel Kuata, were each charged with two counts of official corruption.
They also face one charge each of extortion.
Tahua did not turn up in court yesterday because he was sick. Only Kuata, who faces two additional charges of conversion, was present.
The prosecution yesterday called its ninth witness to testify before acting deputy chief magistrate Emma Garo.
The alleged offences occurred in 2005 and 2006 when the duo worked at the Citizenship Commission, a government body tasked to deal with citizenship issues.
Tahua was at that time the chairman of the Citizenship Commission and Kuata the Secretary.
The Citizenship Commission was established under the Home Affairs Division which deliberates on application for Solomon Islands citizenship.
Wayne Ghemu and Solomon Kalu of Public Solicitor’s Office represent Kuata and Tahua while Fatima Taeburi of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions appeared for the state.
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