Court Finds Teacher Guilty

Media Team   |   21 Jun 2018

A former employee of the Ministry of Education (MOE) was found guilty by the Suva Magistrate’s Court today by Chief Magistrate Mr. Usaia Ratuvili.

Ms. Litiana Rogoyawa Taoi was charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) in 2014 with one (1) count of "Obtaining A Gain".

The former teacher was found to have continued receiving a salary from the Ministry despite having resigned and being fully aware that she was not eligible to receive this money.

Ms. Taoi received a salary of $18,496.94 between 1 January 2011 and 31 January 2012 in Suva.

In delivering the Judgement, Chief Magistrate Mr. Ratuvili said that the failure of the Accused to query the bank deposits with the bank and her former employers indicated that she intended to use the money for herself even though she was unsure who it was coming from and so made her actions intentional.

Defence lawyer, Ms. Alisi Ditini Veretawatini presented to the court her written mitigation stating that Ms. Taoi was a first offender, turning 60 this year, had a family, was remorseful and prayed for the court’s leniency.

Furthermore the court was informed that the previously unemployed teacher was now a volunteer teacher at the Suvavou Adventist Primary School and requested a non-custodial sentence.

FICAC Counsel Ms. Laite Bokini requested fourteen (14) days for sentencing submissions.

The matter has been adjourned to 13 July 2018 for Sentencing with bail for the Accused being extended.