Date set for hearing of workers accused of theft

Fourteen former employees of Farmer Joe’s supermarket at Sale’imoa have been charged separately in connection to allegations of theft.

The defendants are; Lester Futialo Peti, KF Siaki, Peniata Ropati, Michael Mikaele, Kolio Sefo, Kelepi fata Elia, Leanapapa Auimatagi Tovia, Matalena Sanele, Mapusaga Ese Vaalele, Talakolorina Setu, Misioka Filia, Afainuuese Mia, Filetalaga Uatisone and Falani Simi Pule.

The defendants appeared before Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu this week. 

Leone Su’a -Mailo is the Prosecutor.

The defendants face a total of 45 criminal charges.

The charges were not read out in Court but the Court Registrar was instructed to liaise with the defendants about the charges against every individual.

After a short adjournment the defendants were called back.

“The Court has noted down all your not guilty pleas to some of the charges and your guilty pleas to most of the charges,” said His Honour Patu.

The defendants declined the offer of legal representation.

According to the Police summary of facts, some of the defendants were former cashiers and store clerks.

The Police report said that aside from store items removed, it’s alleged the cashiers also took cash from the cash register. 

The matter has been adjourned until 21 August.

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