MAGISTRATE Alipate Mataitini yesterday warned a man charged with theft to take his bail conditions very seriously.
Semisi Naikaivalu had failed to appear in court since he was granted bail for $500 on April 15 last year.
Mr Mataitini asked him where he had been since.
Mr Nakaivalu replied that he had been in the village.
"Can you pay the $500?
"It's simple, you are in breach of your bail conditions when you don't come to court," Mr Mataitini said.
He said the accused claimed it wasn't his fault that unpaid items from a supermarket were found in his bag.
The accused was told to look for a witness which he must produce at the next hearing on September 26
"You obviously can't pay the fine and I will waive this," Mr Mataitini said.
"If you repeat this, a bench warrant will be issued for you.
"You should treat this seriously when I grant you bail."
Mr Mataitini adjourned the case to September 26.