Digicel theft accused summoned
One of three women facing charges, including theft as a servant for allegedly stealing from Digicel Samoa, failed to show up for a Supreme Court appearance on Monday morning.
The women accused in the Digicel Samoa theft case are former employees of the telecommunications company: Ainsley Davis, Elizabeth Faasavalu and Christina Crichton.
They are facing theft as a servant, fraud and multiple other criminal charges dating back to when they worked for the company several years ago. They have pleaded not guilty.
But when the matter was called before Supreme Court Justice Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke on Monday, Fa'asavalu and Crichton appeared but Davis was not present.
Police called her name several times to no response.
The matter was adjourned to this week to allow the Police to summon Davis.
The prosecutor, Lucymaria Sia Ofoia, told the court that Davis was previously represented lawyer and now District Court Judge, Loau Donald A. Kerslake.
However the Judge was appointed to the bench in January of this year.
He was previously a partner with the Meredith & Kerslake firm but cannot represent Davis since his elevation to the bench, causing her to need a new lawyer.
Justice Leaitaualesa noted that the non-appearance by Davis happened because she was not summoned.
The Court has given prosecution time to serve Davis with a summons so she can appear with her co-defendants.
He adjourned her matter to 10am on Monday, 20 July.
Justice Leiataualesa set a trial date for Crichton and Faasavalu for 8 February, 2021.
The defence attorneys on the case are Alex Su’a and Tasi Malifa.