Defence needs more time, MP’s trial adjourns

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THE trial into the case against the Member of Parliament for Baegu/Asifola constituency has adjourned yesterday to today to allow defence time to consult with his client.

The court was told that defence lawyer Michael Pitakaka needs more time with the defendant regarding issues in relation to the MP’s charges as it was just recently amended by prosecution.

This is the case against David Tome who is alleged to have involved in converting funds in relation to incidents in 2011.

Prosecution alleged that in 2011 the MP obtained public funds for a constituency project; however those funds were not used as intended and was converted for his own use.

The MP is charged with fourteen (14) counts of Conversion under Section 278(1) (c) (i) of the Penal Code, involving funds totalling $67,170.

The minister was on $2000 cash bail and will appear in court faithfully till his case is completed.

Office of the Director Public Prosecution appears for the crown on this case.