Crime & Court

Former Fiji TV Sales Executive Pleads Guilty $11k Theft

A 28-year-old former sales executive of Fiji TV accused of stealing more than $11,000 appeared at the Magistrates Court in Suva yesterday. Jone Silaira appeared before Magistrate Seini Puamau. He
24 Feb 2021 09:06
Former Fiji TV Sales Executive Pleads Guilty $11k Theft
Former Fiji TV employee Jone Silaira outside the Suva courthouse on February 23, 2021. Photo: Ronald Kumar

A 28-year-old former sales executive of Fiji TV accused of stealing more than $11,000 appeared at the Magistrates Court in Suva yesterday.

Jone Silaira appeared before Magistrate Seini Puamau.

He is charged with 16 counts of obtaining financial advantage and one count of causing a loss.

In his first appearance in court yesterday, Silaira pleaded guilty to the charges and was convicted as charged.

Silaira, while being a sales executive at Fiji TV, obtained financial advantage and caused a loss of $11,996.17 to Fiji TV between March 6 and November 9, last year.

In the summary of facts read out yesterday, the court heard that Silaira failed to provide a solar system and installation and repeater taxi system to the complainants.

The court heard that the complainants called Fiji TV manager Engineering and Pactok, Robert van Santen, enquiring about their products.

Mr Santen then checked and an audit was conducted in which Silaira was found to have received the cash and issued the receipts, however, the services were not provided to the customers.

It was also found in the audit report that the money obtained from the customers by Silaira was not accounted to Fiji TV.

Silaira in his Police statement had said that he used the money to purchase food and clothes.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Monish Chandra told the court that $1500 worth of clothes were recovered from Silaira’s house.

Silaira did not dispute the summary of facts and made full admissions.

He told the court that he was unemployed for the last four months and sought forgiveness from the court.

He also promised the court that he would not reoffend.

Magistrate Puamau granted bail to Silaira of $1000.

His two sureties are also ordered to sign a bail bond each.

Magistrate Puamau ordered Silaira to attend all his court dates and not to reoffend while on bail.

Silaira is also ordered not to change his residential address.

Magistrate Puamau warned Silaira if he failed to attend court on the next date, the matter would proceed in absentia.

The matter has been adjourned for sentencing on February 26.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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