BY ROBERT TIKI
A man appeared before Mt Hagen District Court for mention on Wednesday charged with stealing.
Waso Pawae, 30, from Piala in Laigam-Porgera district, Enga Province, appeared before magistrate Betty Jacob for allegedly stealing K40,000 under false pretence from Teng Tengdui.
Mr Tendgdui laid a formal complaint with police after he found the gold which he bought from the defendant was not genuine.
The court heard that on October 25 last year, the defendant had sold fake gold to Mr Tengdui for K40,000 in Mt Hagen.
The defendant was arrested, charged and appeared before the committal court for mention.
Mrs Jacob told the defendant that what he did was a serious crime.
“You have stolen a substantial amount under false pretence,” she said.
Mrs Jacob deferred the case to June 26, 2019 but offered bail to the defendant.