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Storeman who stole food items convicted

A former Fiji National University (FNU) employee was sentenced to five months imprisonment, suspended for two years yesterday for theft. The accused, Kushal Kumar, was charged with stealing four 10kilogram
09 Feb 2018 11:00
Storeman who stole food items convicted

A former Fiji National University (FNU) employee was sentenced to five months imprisonment, suspended for two years yesterday for theft.

The accused, Kushal Kumar, was charged with stealing four 10kilogram bags of flour, two 10 kilogram bags of long grain rice and a bag of garlic all valued at $87. The food items belonged to the FNU catering school.

The court heard that the accused was employed as the university’s storeman and was responsible for the safe custody of food stock required by the catering school.

The accused had gone to the catering school on a Saturday and was seen taking the items from the cooler before leaving the premises in his car.

The chief security officer at the property stopped Kumar at the gate and the stolen items were found in the car boot.

In his evidence, the accused maintained that the food items belonged to him as he had bought it from the same suppliers who supplied food to the school.

While sentencing Kumar, Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage took in account the seriousness of the offence in that he had stolen from his employer.

The court also noted that the accused was a first offender and was remorseful for his actions.

Magistrate Liyanage warned Kumar that he would be charged if he reoffended within that time frame.

In addition the accused was ordered to pay a fine of $100 in default of 10 days imprisonment.

He has 28 days to appeal his sentence.

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