Man denies false pretence charge

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ACCUSED Martin Nehemiah Pola has entered a not guilty plea to three counts of false pretence against him when he was arraigned by the court this week.

After entering a not guilty plea the court adjourned his case for June 17 to fix the trial date.

This is in relation to the case of accused Nehemiah who is facing three counts of obtaining credit by false pretence from Smart Technology shop at Chinatown in 2019.

Prosecution alleged that on February 5 2019, the accused met with the owner of the shop and introduced himself as the president of the Accelerate Christian Education Schools of Solomon Islands.

Upon their discussion, the shop owner at Smart Technology convinced and agreed for the accused to collect the items discussed that will be re-paid when the school grants are ready.

Later on February 28 2019 around 10am, the accused came and collected one mobile phone at a cost of $2, 250 as according to the agreement and walked out with a proforma invoice, again on March 15 he collected one notebook laptop14 inches and 1X 8c honour brand mobile, later on March 28 , he again went to the Smart technology shop and collected two Redmi mobile handsets.

The total cost of all items collected is $12, 150.00, a few months later the shop owner made several attempts to call the accused to settle his credits but was unsuccessful.

The shop owner gave him enough time until March this year, however the accused never turned up to settle his credits and the matter was reported to police in which the accused was arrested and charged.