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Sergeant's conviction discharged

A Police Sergeant, Shrikrishna Schwenke, was fined $1,200 by the District Court after being discharged without conviction last week. 

Schwenke pleaded guilty to two charges against him in the court last October. 

At the time his lawyer, Mauga Precious Chang, entered the pleas on behalf of her client to charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, namely a handgun, and possession of unlawful ammunition. 

The defendant appealed to the court for his conviction to be discharged. It was granted by District Court Judge Leota Raymond Schuster.

Schwenke was fined $1,200 with $1,000 to be paid to the court and $200 to the Ministry of Police. 

The defendant – who works for the Police Transnational Crimes Unit – was suspended in September together with Inspector Ituau Ale. 

Inspector Ale has since resigned from the Ministry of Police and Corrections. 

The Police Commissioner, Fuiavailiili Egon Keil, said the Police officers were investigated for alleged misconduct at the time. 

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