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Witness Takes Stand in Ex-Police Theft Trial

Witness Takes Stand in Ex-Police Theft Trial
Former Police Constable Arun Prasad outside the Suva Magistrates Court on September 5, 2018. Photo: Fonua Talei
September 06
11:00 2018

A Police Constable is current­ly undergoing trial in the Suva Magistrates Court for one count of theft.

It is alleged that on October 11, 2013 Constable Arun Prasad stole 89.92 litres of diesel amounting to $198.72 belonging to the Fiji Police Force Transport pool in Nasese.

The first witness to take the stand against the accused was Constable Paula Nadumu who was an orderly at the transport pool when the al­leged incident happened.

Constable Nadumu said he re­ported for duty at about 2:30pm on that day and received two transport requests, one for the transportation of off duty police officers and an­other for the police rugby team.

He said the accused was tasked with dropping the rugby team after their training from Nasova ground.

Before the accused left for his pick up he requested for the fuel card saying he needed fuel for the vehi­cle.

He drove a white Police vehicle with blue tarpaulin with registra­tion GN252.

The witness said drivers used the fuel card at the petrol station af­ter they have filled their fuel and a receipt would be issued to them which was the copy for the Police Force.

He said sometimes drivers blocked the fuel card by entering the wrong pin.

At the end of each day the drivers had to submit the running sheet, car keys, fuel card together with the receipts to the orderly for veri­fication.

Trial continues before Magistrate Asanga Bodaragama today.

The accused is on bail and main­tains a not guilty plea.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa


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