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Water thief to pay 1K

Nasik Swami And Dawn Gibson
Saturday, February 09, 2013

A MAN who was charged with one count of wilfully interfering with an asset of the Water Authority of Fiji was fined $1000 by the Suva Magistrates' Court yesterday.

On October 29, last year, Ross Lumkon of Nabua connected his disconnected water supply using a hosepipe resulting in free water supply for three days.

The illegal incident was discovered when WAF officers went to his premises to reconnect his water meter.

In delivering his verdict, Magistrate Alipate Mataitini said the accused was stealing water and had WAF officials not visited his premises, he would not have disconnected the hosepipe.

Mr Mataitini said Lumkon could have contaminated the water source.

The magistrate reminded the accused that such offences had a maximum penalty not exceeding $1million. Mr Mataitini ordered the accused to pay his $1000 fine by April 30 or face three months imprisonment. The case will be reviewed on May 3.


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