Appeal against conviction dismissed

The National, Monday July 11th, 2016

THE Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by a businessman against his conviction three years ago for misappropriating K2.7 million belonging to theBuka General Hospital.
Justice Ambeng Kandakasi, in an unanimous decision dismissed the appeal of Achilles James Peni on his conviction handed down on Dec 5, 2013.
The court found that Peni did not show evidence that a miscarriage of justice took place in 2013 when the trial judge found him guilty.
Kandakasi said appeals did not undo convictions but were only there to correct miscarriage of justice where it occured.
He said the trial judge had found beyond reasonable doubt that Peni dishonestly applied to his own use and to the use of others K2,700,000, property belonging to the Autonomous Region of Bougainville Government.
Peni from Korogu village, Wosera, East Sepik, was found guilty on Dec 5, 2013. He is currently on a suspended sentence and on good behaviour bond.
The court found that on Aug 1, 2008, Peni submitted a technical proposal on behalf of his company, Millennium Water Ltd, to the regional member for Bougainville, showing his expression of interest for project to construct water treatment and supply for Buka General Hospital.
Peni, through Millennium Water, presented an invoice for K2.7 million to the Bougainville district administration treasury office on Dec 13, 2008.