Woman apologises for stealing phone credits

A woman who was earlier convicted by the Waigani National Court for stealing over K200,000 mobile phone credits from her former employer has apologised to the court for her actions.

Glenda Nugai apologised to the court, her family and former employer of six years; Oceania Communication in court today for her part in transferring K232,000 worth of Digicel credits out from the company.

The credits were transferred on 25 different occasions to a man, known to the court as Norman Ikilis.

She asked the court to be lenient in what penalty to impose against her as sentence when she appeared before Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika with her lawyer during submissions on sentence.

She asked the court to impose a sentence of between three to five years in prison and also suggested the alternative of repaying half the monies stolen for her part in the offense.

She remains on extended bail and the court has reserved its sentence to Jan 26, 2017.

Nugai was found guilty by the court on Nov 25 for stealing K232,000 worth of Digicel credits  over a period of three months, from Nov, 21, 2014 to Jan 31, 2015.

“The saying goes; watch your habit, it becomes your character. People who steal, the first time they do it, they are scared. The second time you get confident and after a while you develop a crocodile skin thinking that nothing will touch you,” Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika told Nugai in court on Nov 25.

“After 25 transactions you were very confident. You had a good thing going. It became too good to let go. I find you guilty as charged,” he added.

Nugai in her record of interview with police admitted doing the transactions and said she was forced to transfer the credits in order to partly benefit from the sales.

But when in court, she said she was threatened by Norman to make the transactions or harm would come her way.


Sally Pokiton