Technician Sentenced for Abuse of Office

Media Team   |   01 Jul 2019

A former Technician at the Judicial Department was sentenced to 18 months in the Suva Magistrates Court today.

Mr. Shannon Shahil Chand was charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) and convicted of Abuse of Office but acquitted of General Dishonesty – Obtaining a Gain in May.

In delivering his Sentence, Chief Magistrate Mr. Usaia Ratuvili said that this was a crime of opportunity, a one off offending and that he did not influence or pressure any other person to offend although he was motivated by personal gain to obtain a mobile phone.

Furthermore, the court found that since the Accused is young, a first offender and that there was minimum damage sustained by the Department, it was appropriate to fully suspend the sentence for two (2) years.

Mr. Chand was found to have abused the authority of his office by acquiring Samsung mobile devices for his personal use through the Vodafone subsidy given to the High Court of Fiji.