A 28-year-old man has been sentenced to two and half year’s imprisonment after being found guilty by the Honiara Central Magistrates Court yesterday for stealing more $36,000 from his employer.
The defendant was employed by a Chinese at a shop in Kukum, East Honiara.
“On Monday July 30, 2018, the owner of the shop gave a total of $36,300 to the accused to pay cargo that he had ordered from another shop at Point Cruz,” says Provincial Police Commander Honiara City, Alfred Uiga.
“The defendant took the money, got into the company’s two tonne truck and drove off.
“The victim realises that the defendant was gone too long and did not return.
“He called his phone but the suspect did not answer.
“It was not until his [suspect’s] wife, who is employed at the same shop, contacted him that he told her that the vehicle was at the Borderline area in East Honiara.
“The company truck was found in the Borderline area but the defendant had left already.
“The matter was reported to Police during the same evening and on the next day, July 31, 2018, the accused was apprehended in the evening at Foxwood in North Guadalcanal.
“He was then arrested and charged for Larceny by servant contrary to Section 273 (a) (i) of the Penal Code. Some of the money has been recovered.
“He was taken to court this afternoon (August 2, 2018) by Police investigators from Naha Police Station and pleaded guilty to the charge. He was sentenced to two and half year’s imprisonment.”