Eremas Wartoto

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.

Venue for Wartoto fraud trial to be sorted out

Wartoto’s lawyer Haiara wanted the trial  to be conducted either in Kokopo or Kimbe however State lawyer from the Public Prosecutor Anthony Kupmain asked for  the trial to be conducted in Waigani.

Kupmain said among witnesses the State will be calling, three witnesses who will be flying in from Australia.

Sir Gibbs Salika adjourned the matter to next Monday (Nov 9) for parties to return and confirm a venue for the trial.  

A trial date is also yet to be confirmed as well as a judge.