FINDING an interpreter for two Chinese nationals facing larceny charges in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court is still a problem.
Chris Rarumae, who represents Xu Pie Ping (female) and Zhau Zhen Wei (male) told the court, Friday that he has difficulty in finding a translator for his clients.
The Public Solicitor lawyer said he has been contacting the Chinese Association in Honiara but has received no feed-back until now.
He therefore is now consulting one of his friends who assured him that he will try and find someone to translate for the two accused in court.
Early this year when the matter came to the court, the court is finding difficulty in interpreting the court proceedings to the two accused.
Ping and Wei hardly speak and understand Pidgin or English.
Mr Rarumae however, said his friend asked him to give him time until next
week to find a translator.
He therefore sought a one week adjournment to November 27, which was granted by Principal Magistrate Sheppard Lapo.
Ping and Wei were charged with one count each of larceny by servant.
Police alleged they stole more than $100,000 from their employer, Happy Shop located at Point Cruz.
Ping worked at Happy Shop as the cashier while Wei as the warehouse manager.
They arrived in the country in November and October last year and were employed by the general manager of Happy Shop upon their arrival in Honiara.
However, it was alleged that when the GM of Happy Shop left for his holiday in China, the two accused allegedly stole the money various amount of money between January 10 and March 15 this year.
Ping has been allegedly seen by witnesses going to commercial banks and other shops changing large amount of money to other currencies.
She was arrested while trying to board a flight back to China.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN