Department Head and Messenger Charged with Theft

Media Team   |   18 Jun 2019

Former Labasa Town Council officials fronted the Labasa Magistrates Court today for an offence allegedly committed last month.

Mr. Ashok Kumar and Mr. Sashi Kant Shandil were charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) with one (1) count of Theft under the Crimes Act of 2009.

The duo, who previously served as Head of Department for the Parking Meter section and Messenger for the Council respectively, are alleged to have stolen coins from the parking meters situated around Labasa Town.

Footage obtained from surveillance cameras sees the men collecting coins from the parking meters and putting it in their pockets.

FICAC State Counsel Mr. Darren Hickes appeared for Prosecution and informed the court that there was no objection to bail and that first phase disclosures had been served.

Both Accused were released on bail with a bail bond of $500.00 FJD each and were instructed to report to the nearest Police Post every Saturday, with a Stop Departure Order issued accordingly.

The matter was adjourned to 19 August 2019.