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Prosecution Witness Cannot Recall Delivering Items, Court Hears

A delivery man with Central City Hardware Limited told the High Court in Suva that he could not remember the exact items he delivered to the Government Yard at Walu
20 Jul 2018 10:08
Prosecution Witness Cannot Recall Delivering Items, Court Hears

A delivery man with Central City Hardware Limited told the High Court in Suva that he could not remember the exact items he delivered to the Government Yard at Walu Bay, Suva on August 1, 2011.

Ritesh Kumar gave evidence before High Court judge Justice Salesi Temo against former director Jovilisi Dau yesterday.

Dau is charged with one count of abuse of office.

It is alleged that on July 26, 2011 he signed a delivery docket to accept building materials worth $184,000 from Central City Hardware Limited when only building materials to the value of $46,081.60 were supplied by the hardware company.

Mr Kumar testified that even though he did not remember the items that he had loaded onto his truck on that day he could clearly recall that it was a total of $184,000 worth of items.

He said the Ministry of Provisional Development was expecting the items to be supplied on that day.

When he got to the yard he said he went to see the storeman to receive the items, however the storeman refused to do so.

When asked as to why the storeman refused to sign the delivery docket, Mr Kumar said because they failed to deliver all the items that had been ordered.

He said items like the pine posts and timber were yet to be delivered.

When the storeman refused to sign the delivery docket Mr Kumar said he called his boss who told him to take the delivery docket book inside the yard office and he would call their boss who was Mr Dau.

The witness said the officer in charge and clerks were inside the office when he went inside.

Defence lawyer Emosi Koroi is representing Mr Dau while State lawyer Mehzabeen Khan appeared for the prosecution.

His bail has been extended.

Edited by Percy Kean

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