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Man Changes Plea To Guilty

  A Suva man facing eight counts of obtaining goods by deception and causing a loss by dishonesty pleaded guilty to all counts in the Suva Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
07 Apr 2018 10:00
Man Changes Plea To Guilty
Accused Ronald Rohit Kumar pleaded guilty before Magistrate Waleen George to eight counts of obtaining goods by deception and causing a loss by deception. Photo: Fonua Talei

 

A Suva man facing eight counts of obtaining goods by deception and causing a loss by dishonesty pleaded guilty to all counts in the Suva Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

The accused Ronald Rohit Kumar appeared before Magistrate Waleen George and told the court that he wanted to change his not guilty plea to guilty.

The case was scheduled for hearing from 16 witnesses on Wednesday. However, Kumar opted to change his plea.

On the first count of obtaining goods by deception, Kumar with others allegedly obtained by deception V15 car batteries valued at $204.33, V13 car batteries valued at $134.77, eight DR-13 tyres valued at $765.20, and four R14 tyres valued at $459.60.

The alleged incident happened on December 16, 2011.

The total value of the stolen items were $1563.90, the property of Carpenters Motors.

On the second count of causing a loss by dishonesty he admitted that he had dishonest intentions to cause a loss of $1563.90 to Carpenters Motors.

On the third count, on December 17, 2011 by deception Kumar allegedly obtained four R13 tyres valued at $382.64 and eight tyres valued at $939.24, all to the total value of $1321.88, the property of Carpenters Motors.

Consequently he pleaded guilty to dishonestly causing a loss to Carpenters Motors for the said amount.

For the fifth count of obtaining goods by deception, on December 19, 2011 by deception he allegedly obtained 2 x 12 V15 car batteries valued at $400 and eight tyres valued at $939 all to the total value of $1339, the property of Carpenters Motors.

He admitted causing a loss of $1339 to Carpenters Motors.

On the sixth count, he pleaded guilty to stealing 15 x 20 Fiji Gas cylinders on January 9, 2012, the property of Fiji Gas Limited.

He also admitted to having dishonest intentions to cause a loss of $1252.52 to Fiji Gas Limited.

Kumar indicated in court that he was pleading guilty on his own free will.

The hearing continues for his co-accused.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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