Man tells court he used TV money for funeral

A 28-year-old man, who said he had used the cash he got from selling a television set for a man to pay for his son’s funeral expenses, was remanded to prison on Thursday when he appeared before Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court.
Lakeraj Nazir, a television technician, of River View, Ruimveldt had pleaded guilty to the charge of fraudulent conversion.

He admitted that Franklin David had entrusted him with a 43-inch Samsung television set valued $200,000 to sell between June 1 and 30 last year. He was to return the money to David, but he converted it to his own use.

Nazir told the court that he had recompensed David with a part of the money and was willing to pay the rest.
He explained that he had sold the television set to a woman for $100,000 but that his son had died so he used that money to pay for the funeral expenses.
Nazir’s lawyer applied for bail for him, stating that he would not be able to repay David fully if he was incarcerated.
The lawyer even reasoned that his client lives next door to the Ruimveldt Police Station and as such posed no risk of flight. The lawyer went on to say that he could make regular checks at the police station since Nazir could recompense David from there.

However, the magistrate ordered that Nazir be remanded and that he appear back in court on May 8 with the rest of the money.

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