Man denies robbing ANZ ATM machine

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BY JENNIFER KUSAPA

THE man alleged for involving in an armed robbery incident on July 2014 has pleaded not guilty to the two charges against him.

The accused Dilo Faiga entered not guilty pleas to the two charges, one is the armed robbery charge and the other charge is the willful and unlawful damage charge.

Mr Faiga from Manakwai village in Malaita province was allegedly involved in an armed robbery incident on 25 July 2014 with another co-accused whose case was delayed due to non-appearance in court.

Police alleged that Dilo Faiga and the other co-accused were involved in the armed robbery incident where they uprooted the ATM machine at the Kwaimani building using crow bars before carrying the ATM machine into the waiting car and drove off to Henderson.

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It was alleged that more than $400,000 was in that machine but they allegedly took only more than $200,000 from the top tray as they cannot open the bottom tray.

According to police they said that the men arrived at the building and threatened security guards by gun point and uprooted the machine.

After successfully uprooting the machine they dragged it to the waiting car and drove off to Henderson where they allegedly opened and stole the money from the top tray.

Police alleged that the security guard who followed them on that night also received $30,000 and that money was not recovered yet.

Bradley Dalipanda of the office Director Public Prosecution appears for the state while Lazarus Waroka of the Public Solicitor’s Office represents the accused in court.

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