Man acquitted of misappropriation

A case of misappropriation against a man from the Kandrian Gloucester area of West New Britain Province was dismissed in court due to lack of evidence.

Blaze Mara of Kapo village underwent trial in the National Court on allegations he misappropriated a total of K546, 005.63 – monies belonging to Population Service International.

He was employed with the NGO when he allegedly misappropriated the monies between 28 February 2014 and 6 August 2014 in Port Moresby.

The trial at the Waigani National Court saw the state call in its witnesses against Mara.

At the close of state’s evidence, his lawyer moved a no-case submission saying the state did not establish a prima face case on all the elements of the two misappropriation charges.

This application was upheld by the National Court.

Mara was acquitted by the court due to lack of evidence.

Sally Pokiton