Crime & Court

Man Charged For Allegedly Refuelling Taxi With President’s Fuel Card Remanded

It is alleged that on March 1 Etonia Radrodro used the President’s fuel card to refill a taxi to the full tank level.
26 Mar 2020 16:59
Man Charged For Allegedly Refuelling Taxi With President’s Fuel Card Remanded
Accused Etonia Radrodro in court. Photo: Fonua Talei

A driver with the Office of the President was produced at the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday charged with one count of general dishonesty causing a loss.

He appeared before Magistrate Asanga Bodaragama.

It is alleged that on March 1 Etonia Radrodro used the President’s fuel card to refill a taxi to the full tank level.

The accused had allegedly hired the taxi on February 14 to take him to his village.

Upon their return, it was alleged that the accused told the driver that he did not have any money, but would refuel the taxi in full.

The accused waived his right to counsel and opted to represent himself.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Monish Chandra objected to his bail saying the offence committed is against the state and is a breach of trust.

He said it was a serious offence against the Government and the accused had fully admitted to it under caution.

Sergeant Chandra submitted that the accused should file a formal bail application and prosecution would respond to it accordingly.

The accused is a first offender.

Magistrate Bodaragama remanded him in custody and adjourned the case to April 8 for mention.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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