False pretence case back in court today


The case against a man accused of false pretence relating to an incident in April last year will return today for court to set a trial date.

Eli Deke is charged with one count of false pretence.

He pleaded not guilty and an oral pre-trial conference was carried out in the previous hearing.

Prosecution told court they will called two witness to testify under oath and another two witness to tend their statements unless the defence counsel requires them to appear for cross-examination.

Court made directions for the matter to be listed before Principal Magistrate Elma Veenah Rizzu Hilly for setting of the trial date.

Prosecution alleged that Mr Deke at Honiara, Guadalcanal Island on the 4th of April 2023, by false pretence namely, “he stated that they are selling two drums of petrol at $ 1700 dollars per drum at Markworth” and with the intention to defraud, did obtain from the complainant a sum of money said to being $ 3,400 SBD.

The complainant upon knowing the defendant defrauded her went and reported the matter to the police.

Defendant Deke was arrested and charged.

Steward Tonowane of DPP office appears for the crown and Vincent Nomae of Public Solicitor office appears for the defendant.

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