By Deidre Tautua - Fanene
A hired Pacific Games bus driver will have to wait until February next year to fight his innocence in court for the theft of expensive smartphones from one of the athletes he was driving around.
He is alleged to have stolen an iPhone 8 and a Samsung brand cellphones from a New Caledonian team member during the Games.
The driver has rejected the allegations of theft when the charges were brought against him for mention in the Supreme Court.
He told Jusitce Leiataualesa Darryl Clarke, who presided in the matter that the phones were given to him by another person.
Justice Leiataualesa has directed an investigation by the prosecution into the charges for hearing in court next February.
The cellphone theft is one of two criminal matters related to the Pacific Games lined up for court hearing.
The second is 17 year old Tele Lemalu who entered a guilty plea to all 3 charges of illegal entry into the Faleula Games Village.
Lemalu admitted to the use of a false indentification card to enter the accommodation facilities where the athletes were staying on the 9 July 2019.
He then took mobile phones and chargers, laptop and a keyboard as well as passports for some of the Papua New Guinea team members.
Lemalu will learn in a couple of weeks time if he will spent time in prison or not when his sentence is handed down in court on the 20th of August 2019.