Magistrate: Man Has Case To Answer
Aman charged with giving false information to a public servant and conversion has been told he has a case to answer. Alick Thaggard appeared before Magistrate Timoci Qalinauci in the Labasa Magistrates Court yesterday and will reappear on August 8. Thaggard, represented by a Legal Aid Commission lawyer, had earlier pleaded not guilty.
For the first count it was alleged that between March 1, 2004, and December 31, 2006, in Labasa Thaggard gave Siteri Waqa, the rural advisory assistant, Northern, a person employed in the public service, false information.
FICAC alleges that Thaggard applied for a Ministry of Multi Ethnic Affairs grant saying it was to build a community hall when his plan was to build a church.
It said Thaggard knew the information he was providing to be false and that it would cause Ms Waqa to approve the application, but she wouldn’t have if given the true state of facts.
For the second count the court heard that between March 1, 2004, and December 31, 2006, in Savusavu Thaggard allegedly converted $11,000, which was for building a community hall for the Vatukaroa community, to build a church instead.
FICAC said the money was entrusted to Thaggard by the Ministry of Multi Ethnic Affairs. Thaggard remained silent during the hearing yesterday.
Alick Thaggard (middle) appeared in the Labasa Magistrates Court on July 11, 2018.