Man given 600 hours community service

A former public servant of 21 years has been put on 600 hours community service after his sentence of 3 years in jail with hard labor was wholly suspended sentence by the National Court.

Kevin Unobo, 49 years of age from Gebea village, Central Province was convicted was recently convicted for misappropriating a property belonging to the Central Provincial Government.

He was the was the liaison officer between the Central Provincial Administration and office of the (former) Governor Alphonse Moroi, in purchasing vehicles worth K900,000 for Central police to use in security operations for the 2012 General Elections.

Four vehicles were delivered to Central police however the fifth vehicle, a Toyota Land Cruiser ten-seater, valued at K123,338.78, was applied by Unobo to his own use between 1 and 30 June 2012.

Acting Judge Nicholas Miviri in sentencing Unobo today said he was a career public servant who should have known better.

By using the vehicle he denied the people of Central province a vehicle that would have assisted police in the province.

He used his discretion in wholly suspending the 3 year sentence in hard labor, and put him on three year probation with conditions.

Unobo is to repair and make the vehicle, currently kept at the Police Fraud office roadworthy at his own expense within four months or by 18 September.

The vehicle is then to be handed over to the Director Transport of the Police Department for allocation to the Central Provincial Police Commander.

He is also to perform 600 hours of unpaid work at a site to be allocated by the probation officer.

A six month report will also be filed by the probation officer on his progress and if he breaches any of his suspended sentence conditions, he will serve the 3 years in jail.

Sally Pokiton