Submission on Murray’s case today

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BY JENNIFER KUSAPA

THE case of former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development Henry Aife Murray will again be heard today in the Honiara Magistrate Court after it was adjourned yesterday.

The case came before the court yesterday for sentencing and mitigation submissions.

However that was not done yesterday as the defence will be making an application for ‘stay’ on the case in regards to sentencing, and court adjourned the case for today so that the lawyers can sort out the documents before submitting.

Mr Murray was charged with 14 counts of official corruption contrary to section 91(a) of the Penal Code Cap 26.

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He was initially charged with his wife but after the trial was conducted, court found the wife not guilty of the charges.

Murray was charged in relation to an allegation relating to a series of offences alleged between 2014 to 2017 in relation to multiple payments of motor vehicle hire charges to a company that police alleged was registered to him and his wife.

The allegations said that the value of those payments is estimated to the excess of 1.1 million dollars.

Prosecution alleged that the payments were allegedly made through cheques and electronic fund transfers, which were deposited into their ANZ account under the name of Krash Transport and Marketing.

L & L lawyers are representing both defendants while the office of the Director Public Prosecution is prosecuting the case.

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