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Suspended Police officer to enter plea in firearm-related charges

A suspended police officer from the Transnational Crimes Unit will enter a plea to two final charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition next week. 

Sergeant Shrikrishna Schwenke appeared before the District Court on Tuesday. He was represented by lawyer, Mauga Precious Chang.

 District Court Judge, Fepuleai Ameperosa Roma presided.

Attorney General’s Office lawyer Silupevaelei Rexona Titi was the prosecutor. 

Schwenke is facing one count of possession of unlawful weapon, namely a pistol revolver and possession of unlawful ammunition.  

However, the defense lawyer sought clarification from prosecution noting that she was served with three charges in relation to ammunition. 

But Mauga said she was not aware of any charges in relation to a firearm. 

“We would like an adjournment to see the actual report from arms officer on examination before we can enter a plea,” she said. 

In response, Silupevaelei told the Court there is no report and prosecution had served what they have at this stage. 

She also agreed to the motion for an adjournment to allow prosecution to serve the final charges. 

Judge Fepuleai adjourned the matter to October 1 for the defense lawyer to obtain instructions from her client. 

He also noted two final charges from prosecution. 

Schwenke is one of two police officers from Transnational Crimes Unit that were suspended this month for misconduct. 

The other officer is Inspector Ituau Ale who did not appear in the Court. 

In a previous interview Police Commissioner, Fuiavailiili Egon Keil said the investigation was ongoing. 

He did not elaborate on what the alleged misconduct charges were against the police officers. 

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