Accused to see lawyer for instruction on charges

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BY JENNIFER KUSAPA

A man alleged of transferring money from his uncle’s bank account to another account will appear again in court on March 19.

Yesterday, prosecution withdrew some of the charges against the accused leaving them with 22 to proceed with.

A lawyer from the Public Solicitor’s Office Leonard Chite confirmed in court that the case was represented by one his colleagues and said he has no proper instruction on the case.

Therefore he sought an adjournment so that the lawyer in carriage can assist the court on the case.

Principal Magistrate Jim Seuika then adjourned the case for March 19 to allow the accused to see his lawyer for instructions on the charges, and a possible plea will be entered on the next occasion.

This is in relation to the matter against Don Lisi Talu of Isabel who is alleged to have transferred the bank credit from the victim’s account to his friend’s accounts and withdrew the money for him.

Police further alleged he used the proceeds for his personal use.

The alleged incident occurred on several occasions between December 16, 2014 and January 23, 2015 after he left the Correctional Service of Solomon Islands.

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Police alleged to have got hold of two Bank of South Pacific (BSP) cheques which claimed he found them at a Vura 1 home, Honiara.

Police also alleged that though the cheques have the names of the victim the accused never return them to the victim but cashed it at the BSP.

It was alleged that on 11 occasions he continue to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account by forging the signature and name.

He allegedly lied to the Bank Tellers that the account was ceased and then applied for mobile banking to be connected to the account of the victim.

Police then alleged that on 11 occasions after he got connected to the mobile banking service, he made mobile credit top up to his own mobile and to other mobile phones.

He also allegedly transferred bank credit from the victim’s account to nine different BSP accounts owned by other people on 10 different occasions.

Police further alleged that when he met people in town he would ask them to transfer money to their accounts, by saying that he forgot or lost his Automatic Teller Machine (ATM).

Margaret Suifaasia of the Office of the Director Public Prosecution appears for the state.

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