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Guilty Verdict for Church Builder

Media Team   |   05 Sep 2018

A man charged with “False Information to Public Servant” and “Conversion” was found guilty by the Labasa Magistrate’s Court last Friday.

Mr. Alick Thaggard was charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) in 2016.

He was the spokesman and point of contact for the Vatukaroa Community and applied for funding assistance for the construction of a community hall.

The Ministry of Multi Ethnic Affairs provided assistance in the form of building materials worth $11,000.00.

Mr. Thaggard was entrusted with these to construct a community hall, but constructed a church instead.

FICAC State Counsel Mr. Adrian Sharma called five (5) witnesses in the two (2) week trial where evidence was adduced to prove the charges.

Mr. Thaggard chose to exercise his right to remain silent when asked by Resident Magistrate Mr. Timoci Qalinauci if he wanted to give evidence.

In delivering his Judgment, the Magistrate stated that Prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt the offences.

The matter was adjourned to 12 October 2018 for Sentencing.