Eremas Wartoto

Court orders medical help for Wartoto

The court ordered for the parties to immediately take the convicted businessman to the Port Moresby General Hospital’s Sir Buri Kidu Heart Institution.

The orders follow an urgent application filed by Wartoto’s lawyer, Paul Pori Yange.

Justice David Cannings presiding over the matter, accepted Yange’s submission that his client’s medical condition is deteriorating and he needs close medical observation.

Wartoto suffers from chronic hypertension or high blood pressure, a condition his lawyer says has since deteriorated following his conviction and sentence in 2017.

Half done job at Kerevat National high: Report

The K7.9 million contract awarded to SWT was to rehabilitate boys and girls dormitories, ablution blocks, water supply and sewerage systems.

Justice George Manuhu, in his ruling, said those works were incomplete and substandard. He was making reference to a report by Elliot Kadir which was brought to the attention of the Waigani National Court during the trial against director and shareholder of SWT, Eremas Wartoto.

Lelang and Kimmins recommended for prosecution

Sarakolok West Transport (SWT) is owned by Eremas Wartoto and was given the contract for the renovation of facilities at the Kerevat National High school in November of 2008.

He was found guilty of misusing K6.4 million of that K7.9 million between January 29, 2009 and January 20, 2010.

Justice George Manuhu sentenced Wartoto to 10 years in prison with hard labor on Friday.

He said Wartoto’s downfall was a mixture of stupidity on his part, lack of due diligence and a lot of illegal help from the Department of National Planning & Monitoring.

10 years jail time for Wartoto

This case involved the misuse of funds allocated and paid to Sarakolok West Transport (SWT) for the renovation of facilities at the Kerevat National High school back in November of 2008.

Justice George Manuhu of the Waigani National Court sentenced Wartoto to 10 years in hard labor.

Four years of that sentenced will be suspended if he repays K3.9 million in the next four months.

Wartoto: Consider health in sentence

He told the court he is willing to repay any amount deemed fit by the court as his penalty.

Wartoto returned before Justice George Manuhu today where he was given the opportunity to address the court on what sentence he thinks the court should impose on him.

He apologised to the court and the State for the resources used to conduct the trial which resulted in his guilty verdict on March 29.

Wartoto guilty of misappropriation

He was taken to Bomana to be remanded soon after the decision was handed down. His bail was forfeited. 

Wartoto will return to court on April 21 where submissions will be made on his penalty sentence.

This case involved the misuse of funds allocated and paid to Sarakolok West Transport (SWT) for the renovation of facilities at the Kerevat National High school back in November of 2008.

Justice George Manuhu delivered his decision on verdict this afternoon after the trial was conducted in February last year.

Review on Wartoto’s committal to continue

This comes after a three-man Supreme Court bench quashed a decision of the National Court, that summarily dismissed a judicial review he filed in the National Court to review the district court’s decision to

full court found that the decision to dismiss the Judicial Review on Nov 12, 2015 was an error of law.

The court also found that in the decision of Nov 12, 2015, the judge misinterpreted or misapplied an earlier commit his case for trial on fraud related charges.

Decision on verdict for Wartoto next week

 Wartoto and his lawyer were in court this morning when the matter was mentioned. Justice George Manuhu told the court he will hand down the decision next  Friday, July 15.

This comes after a trial was conducted in February this year into the misuse of the Kerevat National High school renovation funds in 2009.

State alleges that the funds amount to K7.9 million that were paid to Sarakolok West Transport (SWT), a company that Wartoto was the Managing Director of in 2009.   

Australian Federal Agent gives evidence in Wartoto trial

State witness Glenn Muller was one of the AFP officers who executed a search warrant on properties belonging to Eremas Wartoto in Cairns.

He was called to the witness stand to verify documents including electronic copies of files recovered in the search.

Documents retrieved date back to Feb 4-May 6,2009, when the alleged misuse took place.

These documents were disputed by Wartoto's lawyer, Justin Haiara claiming he was not served the documents.

The state's leading prosecutor Paul Huygens however claimed all copies were served electronically to Haiara.

State to call 20 witnesses in Wartoto trial

Lawyers from the Public Prosecutors office indicated 20 witnesses are expected for the trial which began yesterday into the misuse of the Kerevat National High school renovation funds.

The funds amount to K7.9 million that were paid to Sarakolok West Transport (SWT), a company that Wartoto was the Managing Director of in 2009. 

The trial started with its first two witnesses called yesterday. Both witnesses were former teaching staff of the Kerevat National High school.