Man convicted for stealing foreign & local currencies

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A MAN accused of stealing a cash box containing thousands of local and international currencies has been found guilty by the Magistrate court.

Deputy Chief Magistrate Ricky Iomea convicted the accused Ian Pias Walelabua for stealing a cash box containing SBD300,000, AUD 20,000 and 5000 British Pounds at a dwelling house Henderson area last year.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge and a trial was conducted in which the court finds him guilty as charged.

DCM Iomea said prosecution had proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of stealing the cash box.

Ian Pias Walelabua faced one count of Burglary in relation to an incident which occurred on August 28 2020 at the Henderson area.

Police alleged that accused and another male entered the complainant’s house by climbing the walling to enter the house and removed the security camera.

The allegation said when they were inside the house, they then removed a cash box.

It was also alleged that the defendant Walelabua before committing the offence did call another employee, who also works for the complainant to find out the couple’s movement that night.

The phone conversations made by the accused was to check on the couple whether they were out of their residence.

Police also said the accused Walelabua worked as an electronic officer for the complainant.