Ani warned over repayment

​The woman who was sentenced on February 29, 2016 for stealing K66,164.64 from the Port Moresby Cancer Relief Society has been warned by the court to repay the monies by this week.

Margaret Ani of Pari village appeared this morning before Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika where she was warned to repay an outstanding K50,600 before March 13.

"It's almost the end of the road for you. The court has been gracious to you and your partner. March 13 is the end of the road for you,"  Sir Gibbs warned her before adjourning her case to next week.

Ani told the court today that she is expecting some payment this week and asked the court for an extension to next Monday.

On Feb 29 last year, Ani was sentenced to three years in jail with hard labour after the court found her guilty of forging 24 pay cheques, totalling K66,164.64, belonging to the Port Moresby Cancer Relief Society.

She was a volunteer with the society as the treasurer in 2012 when she forged the signatures of Dadi Toka Jnr 24 times.

The three-year sentence period was suspended and Ani was given 12 months from Feb 29 to repay all the monies.  Failure to do so will see her serve an outstanding period of the sentence.

During the trial hearing of Ani’s case, the court was also told she stole the cancer funds as she was under pressure from her partner to give him money to repay his debts.

Sally Pokiton